Umista Cultural Centre
“The potlatch was given to us to be our way of expressing joy.” ⎯Agnes Alfred, Alert Bay, 1980
The U’Mista Cultural Centre, located in Alert Bay, British Columbia has created a groundbreaking project to house returned potlatch artifacts. Thanks to the success of their exhibit, they are now able to share an interactive version of the exhibition online.
JRC9 and Synthescape collaborated with the U’mista Cultural Society and the Kwakwaka’wakw people to share their story and culture through photographs, video, and audio. This project includes a 3D immersive experience that will bring the U’mista Cultural Society’s cultural centre to life. This project aims to extend the reach of the language and living traditions of the Kwakwaka’wakw people. You will be able to explore it from anywhere in the world and see their masks and regalia in great detail.
In addition, we collaborated with regional teachers and local elders to build educational resources that will help children learn more about their history, such as creating resources to learn their native language, the Kwak’wala.