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Event Category: Exhibitions
The Kamloops Museum and Archives presents: RUIN & RENEWAL FIRE ON THE INTERIOR PLATEAU, a new exhibition.
June 15 – September 29, 2018
This exhibition explores our relationship with fire through an evolution of ideas, including the way we manage it today, with an emphasis on local practices.
Arriving just prior to the first anniversary of the area’s largest fire season on record, Ruin & Renewal provides ways for volunteers, evacuees, firefighters, and others to share their stories about the fires. It also helps create a historical record of living with a force that has always been connected with human life. With information, images, and artifacts from individuals and agencies, including Kamloops Fire Rescue, BC Wildfire Service, and Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, cultural issues surrounding fire are explored, including deliberate burning, the scientific understanding of fire, and the tools and techniques of contemporary fire management.
Encompassing a range of biogeoclimatic zones, the Interior Plateau is home to large, softwood forests next to hot, dry grasslands, making fire an ever-present possibility for Kamloopsians. For many people, this possibility is seen as catastrophic, causing disastrous losses of property and life. Yet, fire also has regenerative properties and is a crucial aspect of the processes of biodiversification. Fire’s presence in our landscape, industry, and cultural traditions make it a subject worth investigating.