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Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch

In this two-hour program developed in collaboration with Kwakwaka’wakw Chief Robert Joseph, students discover the ongoing importance of the Kwakwaka’wakw potlatch. Key themes of transformation, ancestry and oral history are explored. Students will discuss themes of rights and privileges while exploring hands-on objects such as ceremonial masks and a talking stick. A guided gallery exploration encourages active looking and listening, and students are asked to draw a potlatch object of their choice before reporting and reflecting on their findings to the rest of the class. Students will finish the program watching a short film which shows the sights, sounds and ceremony of the Kwakwaka’wakw potlatch.