If you do nothing else, if you do not read this news release, open and watch the attached video clip of the returning artifacts to the Nisga'a Nation. If this moving, emotional expression of history by Joe Gosnell does anything, it expresses his nations mourning for their great losses.Join us at the Nisga’a Museum in Laxgalts'ap May 11th, 2011
Hli Goothl Wilp-Adokshl Nisga'a, the Nisga'a Museum, will open in a dedication ceremony for Nisga'a people, dignitaries and special guests. Opening in Laxgalts'ap on the 11th anniversary of British Columbia's first modern treaty, the museum is the permanent home of the Ancestors' Collection - over 300 Nisga'a Artifacts that have been repatriated through the Nisga'a Final Agreement.
"Our scattered legacy has come home", explains Mitchell Stevens, president of Nisga'a Lisims Government. "These treasures connect us directly to this place and yet tell stories with universal themes. I invite you to come up and have a look for yourself. You will be moved by the power and spirit encountered here."
Hli Goothl Wilp-Adokshl Nisga'a means "The heart of Nisga'a House Crests," a name that celebrates the importance of Nisga'a tribes and tribal crests in traditional society. With a design inspired by Nisga'a longhouses, feast dishes, and canoes, the 10, 000 sq. foot facility contains exquisitely carved masks, bentwood boxes, headdresses, and soul catchers acquired from the Nass Valley during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Now, for the first time, these Nisga'a treasures will be displayed together in their place of origin.
For further information:
Eric Grandison, Communications & Intergovernmental Relations, Nisga'a Lisims Government
Nisga'a Nation President signs with the Hereditary Chiefs watching over while the proclomation is held up for all to see. - Photo by C. Wunderlich
Nisga'a youth and elders carry the returned artifacts into their new museum - Photo by C. Wunderlich
Hereditary Chiefs of the Nisga'a circle the returning artifacts and call out to their ancestors in respect and in complete devotion for their loss and the blessing for the return. - C. Wunderlich