A bit of culture
Trip Start Sep 23, 2009
11Trip End Oct 09, 2009
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The U'mista cultural centre was fascinating. Its raison d'etre was to house a collection of articles which were taken away from Alert Bay as part of the suppression of potlatch celebrations in the 1920's. The items were given to museums and private collectors for safe keeping. The law was eventually deleted, but not repealed, and for many tribes, the potlatch articles remain lost. The Museum of Man agreed to return their share of the objects from Alert Bay, on the condition that a museum would be constructed to house them.
The resulting collection was astonishing, comprising costumes, coppers and instruments
The curator made us sit down to watch the video about the creation of the museum. It started off well but then our interest in the documentary wained, and the arrival time of our ferry was approaching. We felt like naughty kids as we skipped class, and instead watched a river otter hunting in the glistening sea.
We retyurned to Vancouver Island, and drove to Courtenay. We spent the evening with Jim's mum, and had a great dinner of salmon at Comox, with more delicious local wines. Jim's mum shared some of her own very tasty brew with us, and we spent an enjoyable evening swapping travel stories and sharing photos.