Coming of Age for Sierra and Mariela Frank

On April 25, a Coming of Age potlatch was hosted in Ahousaht by Star and Paul Frank Jr. for their daughters Sierra and Mariela. Photography Melody Charlie documented the important event for Ha-Shilth-Sa. Her photos are seen in this gallery.

The ceremony took place at the Maaqtusiis gym and a lunch was held at Thunderbird Hall. Star told Ha-Shilth-Sa that her husband Paul wanted to show the world he loves and respects his daughters. They went to each reserve to invite people, as the elders advised, and to show respect. Star said it was a really good turn-out.

The men carrying the girls in the canoe are their guardians. The Coming of Age ceremony reflects the importance of young women and the dedication of the community in keeping them safe and treated with respect.