Kwa’lilas is a kwak’wala word used by Gwa’sala-Nakwaxda’xw people meaning a place to sleep. A group of Elders chose this word in hopes that travelers and guests would find a peaceful rest after a day of exploration on the North Island. Our History goes back over 12,000 years where our Read more [...]
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With 198 distinct First Nations in our province, Indigenous arts and culture resonates across British Columbia. From our major centres to smaller communities, indigenous knowledge keepers share traditions with new generations. This creative climate builds dialogue about cultural practices, stories of identity and resilience. The resulting works are a celebration of historic, traditional and contemporary artistic expression.
Indigenous cultural works span a wide range of media, telling stories through craft, function and arts. From wood and stone carvings, glass engraving and metalwork, to painting, beadwork, fibre arts and more, Indigenous visual arts represent both traditional oral histories and contemporary expressions of identity. With over 30 languages and 60 dialects spoken among First Nations in British Columbia, the expression of Indigenous culture through song, prose, theatre and dance provide an even greater celebration of indigenous diversity to be shared across our communities.
There are so many ways to explore Indigenous culture in British Columbia! In addition to many groundbreaking galleries and museums, indigenous artists from across the province continue to produce and collaborate on an incredible array of works. There are also many opportunities to enjoy immersive experiences, from festivals and musical performances to carving demonstrations and culinary celebrations. Eco-tourism is another great way to experience aboriginal cultures, providing both restful retreats and opportunities to learn more about traditional lands and waters from a local guide.
Regardless of your location on the unceded territories across British Columbia, experiencing Indigenous cultures is about learning a sense of place and the stories that come with it. Whether you are planning a trip or want to learn more about indigenous arts and culture, Art-BC can provide you with all the details you need. Wherever you go, you will find history, art, and culture with Art-BC.