Permanent exhibits situated within the community ensure there is access to local artifacts, while exhibits in prominent spaces outside our community share our history, current state of affairs, and future possibilities. These are opportunities for our image and worldview to become more recognizable and respected. We strive to work collaboratively with outside organizations a way to better increase public understanding of our heritage. These partnerships accentuate that our culture and heritage is alive. We will not be written about in past tense because we are a living reproduction of the knowledge and resiliency of our ancestors.
skaʔlulaʔ: two sides of a monster
Date: Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | February 15th – October 23, 2017
Within our captikʷɬ ( stories of a time before people), are recollections of powerful monsters that caused much strife and misery to our people.
When snk’lip (coyote) defeated a monster, it would undergo a transformation that gifted us with a lesson, a tool or a medicine.
This self guided exhibition displays the two sides of a monster called skaʔlulaʔ, the child eater. This exhibit takes us through the use of fear and how these old monsters have learned to mislead us in new forms
Westbank First Nation Government Building
Location: 515 Highway 97 South, Kelowna, B.C.
Two-dimensional works, historical artifacts, and contemporary art.
Westbank First Nation Community Services Building
Location: 1900 Quail Lane, Westbank, B.C.
Pit House / qʷc̓iʔ
WFN Elders and Youth designed this modern Pit House following intensive research on traditional winter dwellings. Traditionally, Pit Houses were round in configuration and used as a living space, as well as a place to tell stories, celebrate, and store food. Okanagan peoples lived in these semi-subterranean dwellings during the winter and lived out in the open during the summers, often travelling.
Whispering Garden / sqəlʷsk̓ʷanɬq
Located next to the Pit House, this indigenous garden features plants such as Grandfather Sage, Bitter-root, and Saskatoon Berry.
Kelowna International Airport
Historical and contemporary art and artifacts.