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A̱m’lala sa Ḵ̓umux̱se’
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PRINT: For a copy of the above pamphlet click on the images or here.

Song History

A̱m’lala sa Ḵ̓umux̱se’ was created in July 2018 for Indigenous Education (School District 71) to be sung by all students to celebrate Kwakwaka’wakw culture and language. A̱m’lala sa Ḵ̓umux̱se’ translates as 'Play Song of the K’omoux' and speaks to the great land “ila a hii” and the powerful ocean and rivers “skoo kum chuck” that are here within the lands of the K’omoux. The song was released into our School District in a ceremony held during a Professional Development Day on February 15, 2019. 

Use of Song Protocols

Acknowledge the creator of the song (William Wasden Jr) from Alert Bay, British Columbia.   
Share the history of the song (see above description). 
The song must be respectfully used in the style / format it was released (no changes).

William Wasden Jr. Bio

​William Hiłamas Edward Wasden Jr. Waxawidi “Canoes Come to His Shore” was born at ʼYalis (Alert Bay) British Columbia on October 14, 1967. William is a member of the ‘Namgis Nation “Nimpkish Valley Tribe”. William carries many names and dances that have been bestowed on him by various sides of his families. William is also a descendant of the Cook, Wanukw, Hunt, Alfred, Harris and Innis families. He can also trace his ancestry to the Tłingit of Alaska and the Mowachaht of the West Coast.

William has taught most of his adult life in the majority of schools in the unceded Kwakwaka’wakw territories. He also ventures to share his knowledge of song composition with other nations along the coast.

William continues to teach all that he knows to the next generation of Kwakwaka’wakw. For many years, William has worked at the U’mista Cultural Center at Alert Bay BC as a researcher and cultural advisor. Recently, he has been rehired to return and continue work in language and history documentation for the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation.  

For a full printable bio, click on the following link:  William Wasden Jr Bio


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Song Lyrics

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​ PRINT:  Click on the following link fo a copy of the lyrics: A̱m'lala sa Ḵ̓umux̱se'

​SD#71  Ceremony 

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Print: for a copy of this invitation click here. SD71 Professional Development Day Invitation - COMMUNITY