When I used to work for Tourism Nanaimo, one question that I was surprised to not get very often was about Aboriginal culture. Nanaimo, and Vancouver Island, is rich with Aboriginal culture and history. Take the spectacular Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre for example. Located along the banks of the Cowichan River, the QCCC is a premiere destination to learn and experience Aboriginal culture and history. Owned and operated by Cowichan Tribes, the largest Aboriginal Band in British Columbia, the QCCC shares the stories and traditions of the Cowichan people, spanning hundreds of years. It is a truly unique and fascinating experience.
Of the few questions we did get concerning Aboriginal culture, most were about First Nation’s art.
Nanaimo’s Hill’s Native Art is the perfect spot to find beautiful, authentic, and unique Aboriginal art. Located in downtown Nanaimo, along Bastion Street, this museum-like art gallery specializes in First Nations and Inuit arts and crafts.
They carry a wide range of pieces including totem poles, masks, carvings, prints, clothing, moccasins, books, jewelry, and more!
In addition to selling hand-crafted Aboriginal art, Hill’s Native Art also promotes local community events. They’ve hosted a number of events in the past including book launches, educational exhibitions, fundraisers, and acoustic entertainment (to name a few).
Also, did you know – Hill’s Native Art isn’t only exclusive to Nanaimo. They have locations in Vancouver, Victoria, and Duncan, so if you can’t make it to Nanaimo’s store be sure to check out one of their other locations. Alternatively, if you can’t visit Hill’s in person, you can shop from their online store here!
Have you visited Hill’s Native Art? How about Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre? Tell us your experience in the comments below!
(for more information on Aboriginal culture on Vancouver Island, and across BC, visit Aboriginal Tourism BC)