About The Project - In Memory : Ray Aku

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)

Ray Aku (Oct 1, 1879 - Dec 12,1973)

Ray Aku, 1968
Ray Aku, Doig River, 1968. Photo by Robin Ridington. Catalog # OSDP 15.

Aku lived for almost a century and fathered many children. His last wife was Akully Davis, who outlived him by twenty-five years. Many of our elders remember him as Abuta, father of Abu. He was a wonderful singer of Dreamers' Songs. Before WW I, Frank Beatton wrote in his Hudson's Bay Company journal that Aku was an important hunter, trapper and family head. Aku passed on knowledge of songs, stories and hunting to many people at Doig. We especially remember him for his love stories and songs.