1 Front Street
Alert Bay, BC
U'Mista Cultural Centre
The U'mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay is operated by the U'mista Cultural Society. The centre was opened in 1980. The centre acquires, preserves, and exhibits native artifacts of cultural, artistic, and historical value to the Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwagiulth); promotes cultural and artistic activities; and acquires and makes accessible information and records relating to the language and history of the Kwakwaka'wakw.
Sponsor: U'mista Cultural Society.
The purpose of the archives is to collect and preserve archival materials which pertain, in whole or in part, to the language, culture and history of the Kwakwaka'wakw. The holdings include records of the U'Mista Cultural Society which have enduring value for administrative, legal, fiscal and historicalpurposes. The Archives strives to recover from other institutions and individuals information and records of cultural, artistic and historical value to the Kwakwaka'wakw.
Total Volume: 235 hours of audio tape, 1146 hours of video tape, 3685 slides, 1791 photographs, textual records<br /> Inclusive Dates: 1914-1994<br /> Predominant Dates: 1914-1926, 1980-1994
Regular Hours (Labour Day to Victoria Day): Tuesday through Saturday,
9 am to 5 pm.
Summer Hours (Victoria Day to Labour Day): Daily, 9 am to 5 pm.
Revised by BCANS Coordinator, March 23, 2011.