Squamish Mask


The Aboriginal Cultural Center in Whistler has a lodge in it, and this mask was one of eight or so inside. These are used for decoration and communication. I guess I am a museum junky – but this one had drums, canoes, carvings, clothing and more.
They showed a great film that was both a look back and forward into what modern life means for these people. What impressed me the most was that they only take what they need and try not to harm the land. They use cedar bark for baskets and clothing, but rather than chop the whole tree down, they take a section that is two hand widths wide of bark so the tree will recover. And they never harvest from that tree again. The tree is given a prayer of thanks for its gifts.

First Nations get that they can’t harm the Earth and its creatures without harming themselves.

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