Carol Peters holds grandson Renji Peters at a baby ceremony last Wednesday at Seabird Island. Big brother Tayven sweeps Renji with a small cedar bough

Bringing up baby

Sto:lo ceremony honours new generation

Some babies fussed. Some laughed, and played with their parents. Others cuddled and nursed. Many fell asleep. But surprisingly, very few cried.

Twenty-two little hearts were beating to the sound of drums last Wednesday, during the baby ceremony at Seabird Island community gymnasium.

They came from all over Sto:lo territory to be welcomed into the world. Women prepared the floor with blankets before the ceremony, and the babies were carried in by their parents and grandparents, flanked by family members and led by three drummers.

Chief Clem Seymour told the crowd that when it was over, the babies would “step off the blankets and begin their new walk in life.”

Other elders rose to speak, and sing, to the babies.

“You have in your arms, a gift from God,” said elder Pat John. “Cherish every day.”

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