captikwł are a collection of teachings about Syilx/Okanagan laws, customs, values, governance structures and principles that, together, define and inform Syilx/Okanagan rights and responsibilities to the land and to our culture. These stories provide instruction on how to relate to and live on the land. captikwł stories serve as reminder of Syilx/Okanagan natural laws and protocols that need to be followed in order for future generations to survive in harmony with the tmixw. These stories are embedded in our culture and language and play a vital role in cultural renewal and revitalization.
In our histories we are told that K̓ʷuləncútn (Creator) sent sen’k’lip (Coyote), to help our people survive on this land. sen’k’lip’s travels are a record of the natural laws necessary for our Syilx/Okanagan people to survive and essential to our ability to carry on. We weren’t born with the instincts to know how to live in nature’s laws. Instead we were given memory to remind us of what we can and cannot be doing. Understanding the living land and teaching our young generations how to become a “part of it” is the way that we, the Syilx/Okanagan, have survived.