What is a Kekuli?

This Kekuli was built by Makwalla Hall-Derrickson, can be viewed at Summerhill Winery in Kelowna.

Welcome to Kekuli! A place to gather, celebrate, meet with friends, drink coffee or tea, eat Bannock, have breakfast or lunch! Order for take-out!

Homemade Bannock! Wholesome,
 Rustic Style Food!
Are you searching for true authentic homestyle food? Food with a fresh tasteful twist of culture and Bannock?

The above picture is a real Kekuli built by Makwalla Hall-Derrickson, a famous bronc rider from the Okanagan Nation. You can find this Kekuli at our friends Summerhill Organic Winery.

 A Kekuli is a dwelling built into the ground, covered by logs, dirt and grass. They were used as winter dwellings and housed many families. The Kekuli protected the people from the elements, it was quite warm and built very sturdy. You can still find Kekulis throughout the Thompson and Okanagan areas.

The English version word, Kekuli means "pithouse.
The Thompson language, we say sʔístkn is a home which First Nations people lived during the winter season when the weather was unbearable. The duration of the year they lived in temporary housing made of tules, fir and other materials.

 Kekuli? is  pronounced....“Ke Koo lee”

How did I choose the name Kekuli? Well...I was reading this book from an explorer, James Teit. It was like magic, I opened to this page, there was this name Kekuli meaning pithouse!! I was looking for a hard "K" sounding name, like Kodak, or cocacola. It had to be strong and flow nicely. So this name popped up, and I immediately drove to Community Futures to register our name for the business. 

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