Brain Falconer, Raincoast’s Guide Outfitter Coordinator, wrote about his experience at the Gvukva’áus Haíɫzaqv (house of the Haíɫzaqv) five day potlatch celebration.
“As dramatically beautiful as the building is, it’s not just a building. It is a home for centuries old cultural practices. It is the seat of governance, a place where traditional practices are reaffirmed and new ones given life and added to the powerful cultural lexicon of the Haíɫzaqv people.
I was privileged to witness this celebration and to gain some small insight into its importance to the community. This is not merely a new building, a colonial structure like a new community hall. This is a powerful place. A place to uplift, to house, to honour the cultural treasures that have been stored for generations. It is a place where those traditions will be maintained and new traditions will be introduced and uplifted in the old ways then passed down to future generations.”
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