U’mista Cultural Centre

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Place Category: Aboriginal Culture

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  • U’mista’s, Potlatch Collection tells an epic story of resistance and resilience. The Centre opened in 1980 in Alert Bay to house repatriated Kwakwaka’wakw ceremonial regalia that had been seized by government authorities in 1922. One of the most complete and important collections of its type in the world, U’mista’s Potlatch Collection is a source of great joy and pride for the Kwakwaka’wakw community.

    Traditional Kwakwaka’wakw dance performances are presented by First Nations youth throughout July and August. The Gift Shop offers fine carvings and local, traditional arts and crafts. Come visit and share our rich culture and history.


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