Ahoushat Holiday Drive
by Nikki Sanchez Hood
The word Ahousaht means “people living with their backs to the land and mountains facing the ocean” in the Nuu-cha-nulth language of the Ahousaht people. Located on remote Flores Island, the community is only accessible by boat or plane. With a population of just over two thousand, it is the largest of all the Nuu-chah-nulth nations. With a population of just over two thousand, it is the largest of all the Nuu-chah-nulth nations.
Fisherman and boat drivers from Ahousaht act as first responders in Clayquot Sound, often arriving before the coast guard and saving dozens of lives. Although the community is a bastion of language revitalization, ceremonial sites, traditional ecological practices and a leader in ecotourism, the average household income remains under $17,000 a year per family.
The Ahousaht Holiday Drive, lead by Nikki Sanchez Hood and supported by Earth & Spirit, was so successful his past December. Nikki filled three car loads of donations for the community and funded a 3-day basketball tournament for the kids.
A deep bow to all who participated in the giving. Please mark your calendar as a reminder for next year’s Ahoushat Holiday Drive! Thank you one and all.