Northwest Coast Art and Cultures of Vancouver Island


Enter the cultural and artistic history of Vancouver Island with Crow Canyon. For millennia, people have lived along the rugged coastline of the Pacific Northwest, where cedar tree forests border a prosperous—but sometimes unforgiving—ocean. See how elaborately carved totem poles, masks, and jewelry display human connections to supernatural ancestors. Rock art sites and museums illuminate the area’s rich past.

Join archaeologist and art expert Dr. Alan McMillan on this exploration of the cultural and artistic history of Vancouver Island. Meet famous artists from First Nations (Native) tribes. Enjoy the hospitality of the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) at the village of Alert Bay.

Along Vancouver Island’s wild West Coast, visit the Nuu-chah-nulth people (Nootka), whale hunters famed for their ocean-going canoes. Led by Nuu-chah-nulth hosts, we paddle in handcrafted canoes to Meares Island in Clayoquot Sound.

Scholar: Dr. Alan McMillan, adjunct professor of archaeology at Simon Fraser University, has conducted archaeological research for 35 years and has focused on the Nuu-chah-nulth of western Vancouver Island. His primary interest is the archaeology and ethnography of Canadian First Nations, particularly the development of the Northwest Coast art form.

He has authored numerous publications including Ts’ishaa: Archaeology and Ethnography of a Nuu-chah-nulth Origin Site in Barkely Sound; First Peoples in Canada; and Emerging from the Mist: Studies in Northwest Coast Culture History.

Highlights:
• Enjoy a traditional potlatch feast and dance performance
• Visit with Haida chief and carver Jim Hart, Kwakwaka’wakw chief and carver Dan Wallace, and famous Nuu-chah-nulth carver Tim Paul
• Watch for whales, porpoises, and other ocean life during ferry rides
• Fly in small airplanes over the majestic Strait of Georgia

For millennia, people have lived along the rugged coastline of the Pacific Northwest, where cedar tree forests border a prosperous—but sometimes unforgiving—ocean. Enter the cultural and artistic history of Vancouver Island with archaeologist and art expert Dr. Alan McMillan on this exploration of cultural and artistic history.
Meet famous artists from First Nations (Native) tribes. Enjoy the hospitality of the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) at the village of Alert Bay.

See human connections to supernatural ancestors through elaborately carved totem poles, masks, and jewelry. View rock art sites and visit museums that illuminate the area’s rich past. Along Vancouver Island’s wild West Coast, visit the Nuu-chah-nulth people (Nootka), whale hunters famed for their ocean-going canoes. Led by Nuu-chah-nulth hosts, paddle in a handcrafted canoe to Meares Island in Clayoquot Sound for a traditional salmon barbecue on the beach.

Dates and Tuition
Wednesday, August 1, to Saturday, August 11, 2007
Tuition: $4,495 Nonmember tuition: $4,745

travel@crowcanyon.org or 800.422.8975

“Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (www.crowcanyon.org) is a not-for-profit research and education facility.”

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