U'mista Cultural Centre

U'MISTA CULTURAL CENTRE is a museum of KWAKWAKA'WAKW culture located in ALERT BAY. The focus of the permanent items on display is the Potlatch Collection. In Dec 1921 Dan Cranmer hosted a POTLATCH on VILLAGE ISLAND in violation of the anti-potlatch law, which was enacted by the federal government in 1884. In addition to arresting many people in attendance, authorities confiscated a variety of ceremonial items, which eventually ended up in the collections of museums in eastern Canada and New...

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