Kwagiulth Museum and Cultural Center, Quadra Island

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  • This is a very unique First Nation Museum full of repatriated Potlach items returned from the National Museum in Ottawa" it is wonderful to see these items returned to their rightful owners, and to se...  more »
  • Cultural history is alive and well on Quadra Island as evidenced by this attraction bursting with historical displays, totem poles and knowledgeable staff. The small gift shop is well organized and ha...  more »
  • Stopped at the museum while spending time on Quadra, and on the recommendation of a friend from Qualicum Bay. Beautiful building with a wonderful collection of masks and art that have been recovered. ...  more »
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  • Great museum of first nations. Wonderfully preserved items and artifacts. Great story of the local people's struggles.
  • A really nice look at coastal first nations culture. This little museum is full of great stories and artifacts that help you to get an understanding of what makes the west coast so special!
  • Amazing art & totem poles.
  • My wife & I attended, 2014. Enriching, educational, and one gets the sense that this is a new, but sacred collection. Friendly folks, managing, visiting, contributing. Chatted for some time, with one of the artists, whose work is displayed there. More education, and learning of the high level of sophistication present among this proud group of people. How, or why our CANADIAN government had such despicable views of the hosts, whose ancestors welcomed settlers, having made negotiated arrangements for future security of provisions, having witnessed the wanton disrespect of too many settlers. Yet the settlers, despite having signed on to these negotiations, made a lie of the act. They considered it to be largely for placating their hosts, so that their guard soul be let down, opening the door for the genocidal policies of the day. Ashamed for our ancestors' conduct and behaviour - so deeply entrenched, that hardly anyone even thought to bother making treaties with our coastal hosts! The true colours of the settlers, had been already revealed, so they no longer saw a benefit, value or purpose for doing all that negotiating. Simply run roughshod over these peoples' lives, culture, languages, etc., making it illegal for them to continue their traditions. The residential school system would "guarantee", it was believed, the loss of language, culture, and recognized citizenship, within the laws of the governments of the day. What despicable conduct - the likes of which we (as members of the UN) claim not to tolerate, whenever it manifests somewhere else!
  • Very rich history! Only downside I seen was the lack of localy made items in the gift shop.would have been nice to purchase something from the locals

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