A majestic creature who protects the Uchucklesaht Tribe and rests in what is known as the “The Thunderbird’s Nest” or T’iitsk’in Paawats [Teet-Skin Powats], made up of 5 mountain tops in the region around Hucuktlis [Ho-Chuck-lis] Lake, British Columbia.
It is believed that the Thunderbird flashes its eyes to create lightning and flaps its wings to deliver thunder over the lands of the Uchucklesaht; known at times as the rainiest region in the entire world. In this way, the Thunderbird is said to be the guardian of the tribe’s sacred lake and the keeper of its pristine supply of drinking water.
The Uchuklesaht Tribe is one of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribes located in the Barkley Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Blessed with many sacred and protected areas within their lands, the tribe has been conducting spiritual practices for centuries while living off their lands by hunting, gathering seafood, fishing and harvesting medicinal resources. One of the most sacred spots within their territory is an underground artesian spring near Hucuktlis [Ho-Chuck-lis] Lake, which delivers what some might call, the freshest and purest water on the planet.