On June 3rd, 2017 I joined 2 board members and 3 staff members of the Stó:lō Service Agency for a Stó:lō Place Names Tour. My wife and daughter also joined us for the tour.
Sonny McHalsie was our tour guide for the trip. Sonny does 3 distinct place name tours. There is one that focuses on the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribes, one that goes upriver, and one that goes downriver. On this day we went on the upriver tour.
Sonny is a walking encyclopedia of Stó:lō history. The tour lasted for about 6 hours and he spoke without a script, or even notes, the entire time. His stories were extremely educational and entertaining. I also appreciated that he cut the x-rated parts of the stories out since there were children on the tour with us.
I would highly recommend one of Sonny’s Place Names Tours to anyone who has an interest in local Stó:lō culture.