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Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch (In-person)

In this two-hour program developed in collaboration with Kwakwaka’wakw Chief Robert Joseph, students discover the ongoing importance of the Kwakwaka’wakw potlatch. Students will engage with themes of transformation, ancestry, oral history, and rights and privileges by learning from cultural belongings in the MOA teaching collection.

A guided gallery exploration encourages active looking and listening, and students are asked to draw a potlatch belonging of their choice before reporting and reflecting on their findings to the rest of the class. Students will finish the program by watching a short film showing the sights, sounds, and ceremony of the Kwakwaka’wakw potlatch.

Learn about MOA’s Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch live digital program here.

To book this program, please submit a booking request.