BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: The Black Tusk
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Mountain - Mass of land prominently elevated above the surrounding terrain, bounded by steep slopes and rising to a summit and/or peaks
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Relative Location: N side of Garibaldi Lake, S of Whistler in Garibaldi Provincial Park, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 49°58'31''N, 123°02'34''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD83
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 92G/14
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Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 6 May 1924 on BC map 2D, Powell Lake.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Descriptive. So-named in 1912 by BC Mountaineering Club members at the first summer camp to be held at the nearby meadows. First ascent, 1912, credited to a party led by William J. Gray. See also Mount Gray.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
The original name for this feature is T'ákt'akmúten tl'a In'inyáxa7n (Landing Place of the Thunderbird) and refers to the massive supernatural bird whose enormous talons crushed this peak into its current shape...... For the Squamish, Na7 tkwi kwekwín.... in the long ago Sk'ewk (Raven) was livid with Wexés (Frog). Sk'ewk picked up Wexés and carried him high into the sky. Wexés protested, demanding to be returned to the ground. Sk'ewk granted this wish by dropping him from the skies. As Wexés flailed, he grasped at the clouds tearing a large hole causing torrential rains which flooded the land. This disturbed In'inyáxa7n (Thunderbird) who opened his eyes sending lightening across the land, flapped his wings causing havoc and destruction. Wexés landed in the rising floodwaters, nearly hitting Yéw'yews (Killer Whale). Yéw'yews slapped his tail and thrashed about sending tidal waves in all directions decimating most remaining people. This series of events initiated the Great Flood - a universal story to many cultures. (December 2011 from: Cultural Journey Sea-to-Sky Corridor website, Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations)
Source: included with note
For the L'íl'wat, Black Tusk Mountain is called Q'elqámtensa ti Skenknápa (Place where the Thunder Rests)...... In a village along a river called Qwalimak lived the Mosquitoes (spirit warriors), a little ways away lived Sílas (Thunder). One day, when the weather was hot, the Mosquito Chief sent his warriors to the earth in search of food. The Mosquitoes encountered people and learned that drinking the people's blood satisfied their hunger. They immediately flew back home to tell their Chief. "Fill up the cedar root coiled basked and get some hot rocks from the fire" they were told. Thunder heard that his neighbours were living the high life, and asked the first Mosquito, "Where did you find this blood that you folks eat?" The Mosquito wanted to keep the source a secret and mislead Thunder. He replied, "We suck it from the tree tops." So Thunder shot at the trees with a bolt of lightning. No blood came out, only a little bit of smoke. Thunder then approached the second Mosquito and asked, "Where did you get this blood that you boil in your baskets?" "We suck it from the rocks and stones." Thunder let out a big lightning bolt, but still no blood. This is why Mosquitoes still feast on human blood and why Thunder strikes trees, rocks and stones with its lightning bolts. (December 2011 from: Cultural Journey Sea-to-Sky Corridor website, Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations)
Source: included with note