Tina House, APTN Investigates
APTN National News video journalist Tina House from Vancouver tells the deeply personal story of her beloved aunt’s decision to end her life.
As part of her APTN Investigates program, “Dying with Dignity” she met with and recorded the songs of the Lil’wat Nation performed by elder Seis’lom.
This is “Deer Song” a power song to the spirit and soul of the deer to help loved ones in their journey to the spirit world. The song is generally performed in a sweat lodge and the words are asking for kindness and gentleness – praying for the deer to pick up the deceased person and take them home.
Elder Seis’lom was born in Vancouver, B.C. and raised on the Mt. Currie Reservation by his grandparents and extended family.
Revered in the BC Indigenous community, he grew up learning traditions and customs of his people and was very fortunate to retain his ability to speak his traditional language fluently.
He said his grandfather taught him the skills he needed to survive according to their traditional way of life and later in life learned about traditional medicines and learned how to help heal people.
You can watch Tina’s program Dying with Dignity on Friday February 17th after the APTN National News