We have exciting news – we have partnered with the Ktunaxa Nation Council to create an immersive exhibit! Standing Strong: Ktunaxa Traditions in a Changing World will be opening to the public later this summer, and we could not be more thrilled to share it with the entire community.
The Yaqan Nukiy is one of seven bands residing in both Canada and the US that make up the greater Ktunaxa Nation. Meaning “where the rock stands”, the Yaqan Nukiy are the original inhabitants of the Lower Kootenay area. They speak Ktunaxa, a language isolate which is incredibly unique and, consequently, endangered.
The exhibit that we are creating will trace the historical timeline of the Ktunaxa. First, we will explore the significant pre-settlement era, showcasing traditions such as the yaksumit (sturgeon nosed canoe), fish trap, and overall holistic relationship with the land. However, the arrival of white settlers disrupted this way of life through the institution of reserves, residential schools, and systemic discrimination. The final portion of the exhibit will celebrate the cultural resurgence and resiliency of the Ktunaxa in the face of this adversity.
The space is currently under construction and closed off to the public, but you won’t have to wait much longer! Be sure to stay tuned for more news on the unveiling of this collaborative exhibit.