First Nations Gallery

First Nations Gallery

The traditional territory of the Dakelh is the central interior plateau of British Columbia in the Upper Fraser River and Babine watersheds is the focus of our First Nations Gallery. Dakelh means "people who travel the waters" and waterways were a vital social and economic link among the many villages throughout the territory. When settlers colonized the area, French Missionaries used the name "Carrier" for the Dakelhne.

The exhibit interprets the Seasonal Round or annual activities for each season.

The display cases show Clan Ceremonial Regalia, Shaman Regalia, bags and moccasins and baskets made from a single piece of birch bark with split spruce root stitching. This exhibit is made up of artifacts and photographs from The Exploration Place, Parks Canada and the Provincial Archives.