The Wet'suwet'en (or Carrier)

The Wet'suwet'en (or northern Carrier) are a First Nations people who live on the Bulkley River and around Broman Lake and Francois Lake in the northwestern interior of British Columbia.

    In 1923–24, Diamond Jenness spent five months with the Wet’suwet’en at Hazelton and the nearby reserve of Hagwilget, at the confluence of the Bulkley and Skeena rivers. The result is a detailed examination of a customary way of life and thought deeply rooted in northern Athapaskan traditions, but variously influenced over the centuries by close contacts with the neighbouring Gitksan, a Tsimshian-speaking people. Initially published by the Bureau of American Ethnology in 1943, the monograph focuses on the social, political, and religious dimensions of Wet’suwet’en life, with particular emphasis on clan organization and beliefs about illness and healing.

Felix George and his children, Hagwilget, October 1923. control # 60595

A Carrier family at Alkatcho. (Photograph by Harlan I. Smith.)