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Aboriginal Culture

For up to 10,000 years before the arrival of the first European explorers, current-day Vancouver and the surrounding region was home to members of the Coast Salish First Nations peoples.  The First Nations remain a vibrant part of Vancouver today, comprising nearly three percent of the population and making enormous contributions to artistic and cultural life. 

Perhaps the best way to understand the rich history of Vancouver's Aboriginal peoples is a visit to the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.  Thousands of artifacts, from totem poles to canoes, blankets and carvings, tell the story of British Columbia's original inhabitants.  Meanwhile, contemporary aboriginal art and carvings are on display at galleries around the city, including the esteemed Bill Reid Gallery, which features the work of Canada's most famous First Nations sculptor. 

But Aboriginal culture certainly isn't confined to museums and galleries. Talking Stick, a 13-day citywide celebration of Aboriginal performance and art, is held each winter and features local and international musicians, dancers, performers and storytellers. 

Finally, a range of more immersive experiences is available to visitors, from guided rides along the coast in traditional carved canoes to ceremonial salmon feasts and even bear-watching expeditions with first nations groups on nearby Vancouver Island.  

A complete listing of Aboriginal experiences is available at the Aboriginal Tourism BC website.
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Bill Reid Gallery presents Xi xanya dzam: Those who are amazing at making things

  • April 05 - September 04
  • Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
  • 639 Hornby Street
    Vancouver, BC V6C 2G3
  • Admission: Included with Gallery Admission
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Drum Is Calling Festival

  • July 22 - July 30
  • Larwill Park, Playhouse Theatre, Vancouver Public Library Atrium, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Lobby, and QET Plaza
  • Vancouver, BC
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Indigenous Fashion Week

  • July 26 - July 29
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre Lobby and Larwill Park
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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Northwest Coast Fashion: Style in a Different Light

  • July 30 - July 30
  • Museum of Anthropology
  • 6393 NW Marine Drive
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
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Unceded Traditions. Unceded Territories. Gallery Reception

  • July 26 - July 29
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
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Talaysay Tours presents Talking Trees Tour at Stanley Park

  • July 20
  • Stanley Park Loop Bay 2
  • Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2
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