Box of Treasures

Box of Treasures

Release date:

1983

Running time:

28 minutes

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Closed Captioned:

No

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In Alert Bay, British Columbia, 1980 marked the opening of the U'mista Cultural Centre. This world class museum was 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.

Also available as a 16mm print with advanced notice.

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POTLATCH...a strict law bids us dance looks at the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations and the history of the potlatch.

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