In this study, we interpret three primary customary laws that Hul’qumi’num people associate with the protection of their archaeological heritage: 1) Only persons with the inherited right and ritual knowledge may care for the remains of the deceased Ancestors and their belongings; 2) It is prohibited to physically disturb any land containing ancient human remains and their belongings; 3) It is prescribed that persons avoid physical contact with the spirits of the deceased, their skeletal remains, belongings, and burial grounds. These customary laws are based upon maintaining principles of respect and reciprocity of relations between the Living and the Ancestors. To contravene these customary laws and upset the balance between the Dead and the Living worlds is understood in Hul’qumi’num culture to bear mortal consequences for the Living, whether through retribution by poor fortune, illness, paralysis or death.
So, my question is: Will the driving in of the stilts (poles) into the ground actually disturb the graves and or burial ground? Or, will they be using some sort of sonar ground mapping to determine where to dig that won't disturb any remains or a burial area?