Meet a Local Legend: K’odi Henry Frank Nelson

Posted on February 10, 2016


The term ‘legend’ can have a variety of meanings. Whether it’s defined as a cultural story that has been passed down from generation to generation, something  mythical, or even an individual, legends play an important role. One significant legend in particular is K’odi Henry Frank Nelson.

Hailing from the Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw Nation, K’odi was nominated for AtBC’s Meet a Local Legend series by Mike Willie from Sea Wolf Adventures. Mike wanted to give K’odi the honour of being a living legend because of his tireless work with Aboriginal youth and with maintaining important traditions.

“I nominated him because of all his abilities,” said Mike. “He is a singer and song composer, professional dancer, teacher, artist, language teacher, professional football (soccer) player, leader of ceremonies, community leader, and role model. He keeps the traditions and culture alive for us and future generations.”

In this video, K’odi speaks about what led him to become a teacher and the impacts residential schools had on his culture. He talks about wanting to instill pride back into his people, and of the importance of maintaining tradition. “It’s good medicine for the Elders to see the children learning the dances,” he says.

Get inspired and enjoy the latest episode in our Meet a Local Legend video series.

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