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Bella Coola, Thorsen Creek Petroglyphics, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Stock Photos

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Description : Like many Northwest Coast peoples, the Nuxalk of Bella Coola believed that their first ancestors descended from the upper world of the Creator. These first Ones had the special ability to change from human to animal form and back again.
The proximity to water and an abundant supply of salmon fed the Nuxalk of Bella Coola well, especially when the salmon would embark on their annual run upstream to spawn and the tribesmen would set their nets.
In 1894, a group of about 100 Norwegians from North and South Dakota and Minnesota settled in the valley and more followed soon to swell their numbers to 220. Many of their descendents still reside here.

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