Watch this Powerful Video for ‘Canoe Song’

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown January 24th, 2016 Last Updated on: January 24th, 2016


Rachelle Van Zanten is a Canadian slide guitarist/singer who gains great inspiration from her home of British Columbia. In fact one of these songs, Canoe Song, was based on a visit to the Cheslatta River in northern British Columbia.

From the video description:

“This video follows the 600km journey of a canoe named Manyhands (Nunsulsailus) from a Gitxsan village on the Skeena river to the historic gathering of nations in Bella Bella, BC for the Heiltsuk Nations' Qatuwas Festival in 2014. Manyhands brought the spirit of this song to life during its trip down the Skeena river, through the Skeena estuary and into the Pacific ocean where it joined a family of canoes and thousands of paddlers from up and down the Pacific Coast. Manyhands was honoured to paddle alongside Nisga'a, Tsimshian, Haida, Gitga'at and Kitasoo/Xaixais canoes who pulled together to represent the north coast at Qatuwas 2014.”

Watch the video below and see if it doesn't leave you inspired.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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