About The Project - In Memory : Anachuan (Bella Yahey)

About The Project | IN MEMORY


Doig River First Nation's Dedication:
This exhibit is dedicated to the memory of important Doig River elders and community members no longer living. We honour their lives by remembering and practicing what they taught us.

  • Ray Aku
  • Akully Davis Acko
  • Jack Acko
  • Albina (Abu) Acko
  • Saviour Stoney
  • Molly (Mary Acko) Apsassin
  • Charlotte Acko
  • Eskama (Mrs. Jack Acko)
  • Mary Pouce Coupe (Naachin)
  • Lena Pouce Coupe
  • Murray Attachie
  • Alice Ben Attachie
  • Dick Attachie
  • Ronald Attachie
  • Mackenzie Ben
  • Anno Davis (Daedama)
  • Francis Leg (Aki)
  • John Davis
  • Pat Davis
  • David Davis
  • Tommy Davis Sr.
  • Tar Davis (a.k.a. Tommy Davis Jr.)
  • Mary Davis Dominic (Daeda)
  • Charlie Dominic
  • Tommy Dominic
  • Darren Dominic (Chucky)
  • Chief Succona
  • George Succona
  • Sally Makadahay
  • Billy Makadahay
  • Oker
  • Alice Moccasin-Askoty
  • Albert Askoty (Mague)
  • Charlie Yahey
  • Anachuan (Bella Yahey)
  • Mary Harvey (Maeli)

Anachuan (Bella Yahey) (circa 1874 - July 16, 1976)

Anachuan (Bella Yahey) 1968
Anachuan (Bella Yahey). Doig River, 1968. Photo by Robin Ridington. Catalog # OSP7F4.

Anachuan's exact birth date can not be ascertained, as it was before official records were kept. CBC radio heralded her as "The Oldest Woman in Canada" and announced that she was 116 years old when she died.

Anachuan was the last wife of the Dreamer Charlie Yahey, and although they did not have any children of their own, they brought up several, including Charlie Dominic, whose mother Atahin Yeklize was married to Charlie Yahey before his marriage to Anachuan. Anachuan was a very traditional woman, and when she was forced to live on a reserve, she deeply missed the trails of her younger days.