Box of Treasures
ProducersChuck Olin U'mista Cultural Society
SubjectsCanadian History First Nations Indigenous
- Release Date 1983
- Running Time 28 minutes
- Closed Captions No
- Availability Canada
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This film takes a looks at the 1980 opening of the U'mista Cultural Centre, a world class museum in Alert Bay, British Columbia built by the Kwakwaka'wakw people. Created after years of struggles by the Kwakwaka'wakw people to bring home their sacred masks that were seized by the Canadian government from Dan Cranmer's potlatch on Village Island in 1921. This film documents the political struggles of the First Nations people of Alert Bay for the right to continue their traditions. It also celebrates the opening of the U'mista Cultural Centre and the community's ongoing efforts to pass on the knowledge of their culture and language from the elders right through to adults and children in school.
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