Longhouse - Center

Family Structure

In the Stó:lō landscape, a complex web of family relationships connects both people and place. In the past, many Stó:lō people lived together with their extended families in longhouses and pithouses . Being physically connected with the lands of the ancestors reconfirms the Stó:lō people's ties to each other, their neighbours, their traditional landscape, and all those life forms that live within their territory and beyond. The complexity and the importance of family relationships are revealed in the numerous Halq'emeylem words for the Stó:lō people's relationships with others.

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