Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre, Kwa' Kwa' Ka' Wa'Kw First nation, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada

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On Sunday, May 13, 2007, the Nuyumbalees Society reopened the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre, formerly the Kwagiulth Museum and Cultural Centre, in conjunction with a ceremony and blessing of the newly constructed Ah-Wah-Qwa-Dzas ("A Place To Relax and Tell Stories") on the waterfront of the Cape Mudge Village.

The Nuyumbalees Society was founded in 1975 by Hereditary and Elected Chiefs of the Kwakwaka’wakw People, to negotiate the return of their Potlatch Artifacts and Regalia (kikasuw). The Society has been entrusted with the care and preservation of a priceless and historic collection of original Kwakwaka’wakw Artifacts returned in February, 1979. The Doors of the Kwagiulth Museum and Cultural Centre were opened shortly thereafter, in June 1979. Cultural preservation, protection, revitalization and education activities took place during the next 23 years.

The Cultural Centre was closed several years ago for the completion of major renovations which were required to meet the building code and inspection requirements at the time and to meet the standards for environmental control and lighting for the protection of artifacts on display. These renovations were undertaken over a period of several years and the estimated cost to date for these renovations is approximately $750,000.

Cultural education and promotion continued during the closure in the form of story line development for the exhibit and display of the Potlatch Collection of artifacts, Design and Carving of the Ah-Wah-Qwa-Dzas, and promotional and educational activities and appearances undertaken by Board Members, such as school presentations, maintaining relationships and communications within the community, attending various meetings, conferences and workshops, and acting as a cultural resource for the community.

The Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre, Ah-Wah-Qwa-Dzas, Carving and Education Centre are the foundation for Education and Teaching for the Preservation and Restoration of the Kwakwaka’wakw Culture and Language.

Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre is enjoyed by visitors from around the world, students, elders and community members on a daily basis. All activities undertaken are in keeping with the Society's objectives.

Reopening of Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre, Quadra Island BC

Drumming at Re-Opening of Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre

Re-Opening of Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre

re-Opening of Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre, Quadra Island, BC