This is Our Gift

Nisga’a Museum Arts Festival

The Nisga’a Museum is organizing an art and craft festival. The aim of the festival is to foster and promote Nisga’a traditional and contemporary art and crafts. The event will be taking place on Nisga’a Day, May 11, 2014 between the hours of 11:00 am and 5:00 pm. The Nisga’a Museum recognizes that the arts are an essential component to the vitality of our community. This event will help the Museum to build relationships with local artists and hopefully inspire a new generation of artisans. The funds raised will go towards child and youth programs held at the Museum.

The day’s event includes:
• Up to 12 different local arts and craft vendors – carvers, jewelers, weavers, and others
• Free admission and parking
• Elder story telling
• Kids craft and face painting
• Cultural dancers
• Live music
• Refreshments provided by the Cooks Helper Program
• Two new exhibits

By hosting this event we hope to foster a dynamic, innovative annual art festival where all visitors and residents, emerging artists and “non-artists” alike may engage with the arts in its many forms in a supportive and valued environment.

For more information and to volunteer for the event contact Holly Maxwell via telephone 250.633.3050 or email nisgaamuseum@nisgaa.net for more details.

This is our gift to each other, our fellow Canadians and the world.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many Nisga’a treasures left the Nass Valley. During the struggle for our treaty, Nisga’a elders and leaders fought to ensure this scattered legacy would find its way back home. Now, housed in a permanent place of honour, this treasury of Nisga’a culture ranks as one of the preeminent collections of Northwest Coast aboriginal art.

Anhooya’ahl Ga’angigatgum’ (the Ancestors’ Collection) is now open. This gathering of priceless artifacts — on display together for the first time — contains over 300 Nisga’a cultural treasures. You will be moved by the power and spirit encountered here.

We Nisga’a are leaders. Our art and culture tie us to this place. We have stories of wonder, tragedy, and triumph to tell.

Here, we will share them with the world.