Over the generations
of living in Húy̓at, as elsewhere in our territory, we learned to manage our landscapes and resources so that they continued to provide for us. In Húy̓at, these traditional practices are visible today in a continuum of archaeological and ecological features from the lowest intertidal to the hillsides.
At the lowest intertidal are rock walled gardens in which we cultivated our clams. Just higher in the intertidal, we caught our fish in our stone and wooden fish traps and created pools for them to rest. At the upper edge of the intertidal, we tended our root foods, like springbank clover, silverweed, and riceroots in terraced gardens similar to those we constructed for our clams. Above these intertidal root gardens, in and around our settlements, we tended our berries and fruit trees and managed our cedar and other conifer trees for their wood and bark. Our age-old knowledge about gardening our traditional foods made it easy for us to grow European-introduced foods, such as potatoes, carrots, and plum and apple trees.