At the U’Mista Cultural Centre, docents regaled us with stories that brought this museum’s fabulous collection to life. We learned about Kwakwaka’wakw culture and the early twentieth-century prohibitions that outlawed potlatches, and distributed ceremonial regalia to museums and private collections throughout North America.
There are many First Nations cultures along the British Columbia coast. Today we explored Alert Bay and learned from our hosts, the Kwakwaka’wakw.
Flip Nicklin was born with both diving and photography in his blood. His grandfather dove while wearing hard hat gear for construction. His father, Chuck, is a diver and underwater cinematographer, who taught his sons to become scuba divers. By the age of fourteen, Flip was helping his father teach people to dive off of the coast of Southern California, in La Jolla.