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.
National Geographic photographer and marine biologist Flip Nicklin is one of the world's leading photographers of whales. Flip has been documenting marine mammal behavior in oceans around the world for the last 40-plus years from the Arctic to Antarctica, with ongoing research in the North Pacific. His majestic photos and amazing audio tracks of humpbacks and killer whales have appeared in numerous National Geographicpublications and television specials. He has shot dozens of stories for National Geographic magazine, beginning with his first assignment as a diving assistant in the 1970s and working with whales since 1979.