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Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre Society

Discover the fascinating treasures of the Kwakwaka’wakw people at the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre. It houses headdresses, masks, basketry, a three-story totem and more photographs dating from the ... Read More


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Discover the fascinating treasures of the Kwakwaka’wakw people at the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre. It houses headdresses, masks, basketry, a three-story totem and more photographs dating from the turn of the century.

Nuyumbalees means, The Beginning. The Nuyumbalees Society was founded in 1975 by Hereditary and Elected Chiefs of the Kwa’ Kwa’ Ka’ Wa’Kw people, to negotiate the return of their Potlatch Treasures and Regalia (Kikasuw). The society has been entrusted with the care and preservation of a priceless and historic collection of original Kwakwaka’wakw Kikasuw returned in February, 1979. The Kwagiulth Museum opened in June of that same year. Since its inception, the Nuyumbalees Society has been committed to the care and preservation of the Potlatch Collection and to the Revitalization of the Kwakwaka’wakw Language, Culture and Traditions through Cultural Education Programs.


Cultural Centre & Museum

Enjoy the Beautiful Treasures of the Sacred Potlatch Collection exhibited in the Main Gallery and Upper Gallery. Allow approximately 45 minutes to fully enjoy the exhibits. Movies are shown throughout the day and may be enjoyed at your leisure in the Lower Gallery. There are several Petroglyphs outside the Cultural Centre which were moved from their original location to preserve and protect them. There are also petroglyphs on the waterfront near the Ah-Wah-Qwa-Dzas across the street.

Gift Shop

A fine selection of artwork, prints and carvings from many talented local artists. There are also books, cards, jewellery and clothing for sale in the gift shop. Come in and browse.


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