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The Hamatsa and the Mystery of the Severed Feet

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The Hamatsa and the Mystery of the Severed Feet
In all likelihood the RCMP, aided by Seattle and Vancouver detectives, are conducting massive investigations into a serial killer cult responsible for at least 16 homicides in British Columbia and Washington. These homicides relate to 19 severed feet found across the Puget Sound-Georgia Straight area between August 20, 2007 and May 6, 2018.

As per protocol, police are not acknowledging this investigation for fear suspects will take precautions. This diktat of denial manifests in absurd pronouncements by the BC Coroners Service relayed in equally absurd, obviously planted, reportage.


Slaves could be killed en masse during wealth destruction rituals at potlatch festivals

The investigation is complicated by political correctness. Perpetrators may be aboriginal extremists engaged in Hamatsa revitalization. 

The Kwakwaka’wakw are Kwakiutl-speaking people from northeast Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland. Sustained contact with Europeans dates to 1820 but by then the Kwakwaka’wakw had acquired European tools through intra-aboriginal trade.

Circa 1820 over 15,000 Kwakwaka’wakw populated dozens of winter villages. Every spring these villages broke into small bands trekking to designated fishing, hunting and foraging spots. In autumn they regrouped into cedar-plank longhouses. Winter villages had 100 to 500 inhabitants.   

All west coast aboriginal nations practised slavery. Slaves were captured on raids or acquired through trade. Slaves were usually women and children; their adult male counter-parts having been dispatched.

One Kwakwaka’wakw tribe, the Laich-kwil-tach, supplied most of the Kwakwaka’wakw’s slaves. These “Vikings of Vancouver Island” conducted ferocious raids on southern peoples. The Laich-kwil-tach’s base of operations midway down Vancouver Island’s east coast (Campbell River/Quadra Island) constituted the Kwakwaka’wakw’s southern frontier.

A third of Kwakwaka’wakw villagers were slaves over whom owners exercised absolute dominion. Slaves could be killed en masse during wealth destruction rituals at potlatch festivals.

Hamatsa devoured slaves killed in their honour at potlatches

Kwakwaka’wakw society divided into three or four classes. Slaves occupied the bottom of the totem pole. Confusion exists regarding “warrior” and “commoner” classes but all agree the “Hamatsa” formed a chieftain caste. Most sources translate “Hamatsa” into “cannibal” while some translate it into “eaters” or “the biters.”

Each Kwakwaka’wakw village was ruled by several men (and occasionally a woman) who practiced forms of cannibalism. One had to be born Hamatsa, or marry in; but even born Hamatsa underwent multi-year initiations culminating in raucous ceremonies whereat audience members suffered severe bites from the initiate. Hamatsa devoured slaves killed in their honour at potlatches. Hamatsa tore apart people and dogs with their teeth. Villagers bore multiple bite marks. Such customs persisted late into the 1800s.

One Hamatsa quirk: unlike other cannibal cultures which considered feet a delicacy, the Hamatsa believed feet to be lethally toxic. Ritualised procedures removed the corpse’s feet.

At the heart of Kwakwaka’wakw society beat annual week-long national confabs – potlatches. These consisted of speeches, marriages, ritual dances, gift-givings and wealth destructions aimed at reinforcing Hamatsa dominance within each village and Laich-kwil-tach pre-eminence over other Kwakwaka’wakw tribes. 

In 1884 the Federal Government banned potlatches for being immoral, reckless and wasteful. Discussion of suppressing potlatches swirled but scant action followed. Our first foot-in-shoe appears at this juncture.


Cultural revitalization received official imprimatur in 1990 with the launch of the First People’s Culture Council

In 1887 Vancouver constables discovered a human leg lodged in a boot. This unsolved mystery is commemorated by Leg-in-Boot Square. The symbolic synthesis of Western shoe and annihilated occupant presents a palpable portend.

Over the next decade potlaches secretly continued with minimal interference while colonization proceeded apace. Talk of stamping out potlatches intensified during the World War One era, correlating with our second foot-in-shoe.

On July 30, 1914 the Vancouver Sun reported a human leg encased in a boot had been found on the mainland coast northeast of Vancouver Island.

Ninety-three years passed before the next foot-in-shoe discovery (August 20, 2007). This foot belonged to a local man reported missing in 2004. Authorities withheld his name. 

Due to disease etc Kwakwaka’wakw numbers collapsed to 1,000 by 1920, then rebounded to 5,000. A dozen reserve-possessing Kwakwaka’wakw bands are recognised by Ottawa. Eight belong to the Kwakiutl District Council, the largest and most prosperous among them hail from the Campbell River/Quadra Island area.

60% of Kwakwaka’wakw live off-reserve, mostly in Vancouver and Victoria. Kwakwaka’wakw cultural renaissance supremo, Chief Beau Dick, grew up in downtown Vancouver. 

Cultural revitalization received official imprimatur in 1990 with the launch of the First People’s Culture Council, a BC crown corporation which has spent $45 million reviving native language and custom. The Council cooperates with 20 likeminded philanthropic and governmental entities.


Official cultural revitalisation does not go far enough for many Kwakwaka’wakw

Official cultural revitalisation does not go far enough for many Kwakwaka’wakw. Band government statements read like sovereigntist declarations. All bands aggressively promote cultural revitalisation and receive lavish funding to do so, much of it channelled to aboriginal artists.

Brian Junger benefitted from this aboriginal art bonanza. Born in BC’s interior in 1970 to a Swiss father and native mother Junger moved to Vancouver when he started high school and later studied at Vancouver’s Emily Carr art college. His “Prototypes of New Understanding” period (1998-2005) involved reassembling Nike running shoes into the shapes of Pacific Coast aboriginal masks to protest Western consumerism. The Nike shoe had become a stock icon of a diabolized West.

As Junger’s “Prototype” pieces enjoyed peak notoriety the first several disappearances occurred. All victims wore athletic shoes. Half wore Nikes.

Between foot discoveries 6 and 7 one detects a volte face by detectives. A July 2008 Toronto Star article (Two Mystery feet from the same person) quotes an RCMP spokesperson saying: “these could be homicide victims.” The article discusses the unusual number of missing men in Vancouver; including 4 reported already that year. These were not Skid Road types. Two families offered rewards for information regarding their suddenly vanishing sons.

Weeks later CTV ran: “Missing foot mystery deepens with latest find” to detail the first foot-in-shoe discovery on Washington’s beaches. The article stresses intense police interest and mentions another recent nearby find of a corpse without feet.

Then the reportage shifts. Subsequent articles toe the BC Coroners Service’s (BCCS) “no foul play suspected” line. Experts tell us feet naturally disarticulate during decomposition and that running shoes make for marvelous little life jackets. Coverage climaxes in hysterical pieces appearing in the Guardian, National Post, New York Times, Toronto Star and Vox between December 2017 and May 2018; responding to foot discoveries 18 and 19.

The New York Times quotes a BC coroner likening the belief in a serial killer to a belief in space aliens.


Canada’s Justice Minister and Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould, is also named “Puglass.” In Kwakiutl that means “women of noble birth.”

The National Post’s: “Another disembodied foot has washed up on the BC coast – here’s why this keeps happening” sets out to dispel “outlandish theories about a foot-obsessed serial killer.” The author insists all deaths were accidents or suicides while regaling the buoyancy of athletic shoes; the global popularity of which he concedes dates to the 1980s. (Moreover, several of the feet were not in athletic shoes.)

Vox’s: “Human feet that routinely wash ashore in the Pacific Northwest, explained” claims Pacific Northwest coastal winds, blowing as they do toward land, sailed the shoes ashore. Landward blowing coastal winds are the planetary norm. 

Our “mystery feet” have appeared in Australian, South African and Malaysian newspapers. Every US media giant has covered them. National Geographic shot a documentary about them. Why the attention? Because it’s so bizarre.

Many locales have coastal winds and running shoes. They don’t have 19 severed foot-in-shoe findings in one decade. One foot was found on a Rio beach during the 2016 Olympics clean-up. One foot-in-athletic shoe allegedly surfaced in a Norwegian fjord. Not the same.
What does the Georgia Straight-Puget Sound area have that others don’t? Transpose a map of Kwakwaka’wakw addresses over a map of foot discoveries and behold the singularity.

We shan’t accuse all Kwakwaka’wakw; but the nation is undergoing an uber-chauvinistic revival of customs which include human sacrifice and cannibalism. Militant factions within this and other aboriginal nations spew venomous hatred toward “settlers.” To appreciate the mindset, watch recent videos of Kwakwaka’wakw copper-cuttings. (Copper-cutting is a “threatening” rite.) 

In 2011 a foot, with lower leg attached, appeared beneath Seattle’s Ship Canal Bridge – in a plastic bag. Homicide detectives were on the scene. In 2017 a vacationing Washington man’s foot, encased in Velcro shoe and with lower leg attached, was discovered along Vancouver Island’s Jordan River. Regarding the condition of his corpse (found weeks later) BCCS stated: “no other details will be provided.” (They added he was not carrying his meds.) These are obvious homicides. This is obviously a cover-up. Not one of the 16 proffered suicides/accidents was witnessed.

From Jack the Ripper to the Manson Family and the Unabomber serial killers have taunted police. The Hillside Stranglers left their victims’ naked corpses near police stations. Comparison to Manson and Unabomber is apt because an air of terrorism envelopes the severed feet. Terrorists flaunt their crimes. Comparison to Unabomber and Manson’s crew (ATWA) is apt because their eco-extremism is shared by militant aboriginals. 

Oh, one more complication… the person ultimately in charge of this investigation, Canada’s Justice Minister and Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould, is also named “Puglass.” In Kwakiutl that means “women of noble birth.” Jody’s grandmother, Puugladee, was the eldest child of the Hamatsa chief of Quadra Island’s Laich-kwil-tach tribe. 


Hamatsa, Kwakwaka’wakw, Potlatches, Wilsons etc
Francis, Daniel. Encyclopedia of British Columbia, Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, British Columbia, 2000

Also see the Canadian Encyclopedia
North American Cannibals
Secret Societies of the Coastal Inhabitants of Northwest America

Mystery feet
Salish Sea Human Foot Discoveries
Two mystery feet from same person, B.C. police say
Missing foot mystery deepens with latest
Another disembodied foot has washed up on the B.C. coast — here’s why this keeps happening
Why do human feet keep washing ashore in British Columbia?
In Canada, Theories Swirl With the Tide as 14th Human Foot Washes Ashore
The human feet that routinely wash ashore in the Pacific Northwest, explained
Human remains found in Eastlake neighborhood


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