As a part of this process, linguist Linda Smith was keen to work with elders to record historic narratives about Nabas and people’s presence in and use of it. That included documenting traditional knowledge of foods and medicines, traditional survival skills, sacred sites and ceremonies, and the spiritual significance of the place — all of which, she felt, are bound together in traditional ways of thinking. The material would contribute to building the case against the new mining proposal, and would also support the land title and rights case.
Beyond those urgent goals, that kind of documentation was meant to assist Tsilhqot’in language and culture revitalization efforts. There are some Tsilhqot’in language and culture programs and activities in the local schools, as well as cultural camps for youth, communal gatherings on the land, singing and drumming circles, and other shared cultural activities. Concerned community members, however, felt that more systematic efforts were needed to carry out language and culture documentation and revitalization, particularly with a focus on traditional knowledge, oral traditions, and ancestral laws and worldview.