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Place Category: Aboriginal Culture
T’sasala Cultural Group was founded in 1996 by Andrea and Donna Cranmer. This dynamic group has 80+ members ranging in age from 2-70 years of age.
T’sasala means “to be determined.” All guests will have a deep experience as they witness the Kwakwaka’wakw culture being shared in our traditional Gukwdzi (big house.) The gukwdzi has a dirt floor, when the dancers share they connect with mother earth. Our sacred fire burns in the center of the Big House. The smoke from the fire takes away any energy that is not positive to the creator and protects the sacred sharing.
You will witness the dances of the T’seka our red cedar bark ceremony, the traditional dances that connect us to the land, sky and sea. You will also witness the Tla’sala ceremony – peace dances.
Our culture is a way of life, T’sasala is committed to the children and youth of this community and through this commitment we share our culture through the eyes of our children, our community members, and elders.
Highlights of Witnessing the T’sasala Cultural Group
- You get to witness Kwakwaka’wakw culture alive and well
- You will see the next generation of Kwakwaka’wakw sharing culture to educate the world about our ancient dances that are still alive, our ancient beliefs and values which is taught to our children in T’sasala.
- As members we live as best we can by bridging the ancient wisdom with the modern day world
If you are in Alert Bay, this is a must see, your hearts will be full of hope and connection when you leave this cultural sharing.