Learn Ancient Traditions on a Marine Wildlife Expedition
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Learn Ancient Traditions on a Marine Wildlife ExpeditionVancouver Island North is the traditional First Nations' territory of the Kwakwaka'wakw, so who better to show you around than members of one of its 19 tribes? These guides will interpret historic exhibitions and artefacts that include ancestral masks that were confiscated during the Potlatch Ban between 1884 and 1951. They’ll also take you out on a fast-paced zodiac tour that puts you at one with nature and offers a personal perspective of the Kwakwaka'wakw culture. You’ll spot resident orca and humpback, grey, and minke whales; watch them feed, spout, and breach while you wait at a respectful distance. Other wildlife encounters may include eagles, seals, sea lions, and porpoises. By day’s end, you’ll have a deeper understanding of the cultural and spiritual importance of wildlife to the Kwakwaka'wakw people.