It is our hope that during your visit you will gain some insight into the beliefs and practices of the Kwakwaka’wakw people.
Nuyumbalees means, The Beginning. The Nuyumbalees Society was founded in 1975 by Hereditary and Elected Chiefs of the Kwakwaka’wakw 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.
The Cultural Centre was closed several years ago for the completion of major renovations and reopened on May 13, 2007. The Kikasuw that you will see exhibited in the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre have been returned from the National Museum of Man in Ottawa, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Heye Foundation, the National Museum of the American Indian, New York.
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.