Mask Storytelling Dance
The Mask Dance in this show is from the Kwakwaka’wakw people of British Columbia, who gave us permission to share their story. The bird masks used in this performance are called Hammatsa masks and represent the birds Big Beak, Raven Beak, and Crooked Beak. During the dance, performers clap and yell to represent the birds searching for food. Enjoy the performance of the Mask Dance following brunch.
Roasted Fish Demonstration
Native Americans have been cooking fish over fire in the Pacific Northwest for thousands of years. The combination of fresh fish and alder wood makes a smooth and savory taste with nuances of the forest. Learn about this traditional Native American cooking technique as demonstrated around Tillicum’s authentic fire pits.
Totem Pole Tour
Totem poles- tall cedar poles, posts or pillars, carved with multiple symbols - are traditional art forms of the Northwest Coast Native People. The pole’s location and chosen carvings signify their meaning and often tell a story or honor a tribe, family or individual. Learn the history of our region’s totem poles and about the symbolic meanings of the poles on this guided tour.
Coast Salish masks, traditionally carved from yellow cedar, red cedar, and alder, often represent spirit creatures, animals, and myths, and are used to help interpret stories. Dancers share information about the masks used in the show and on display throughout the Tillicum Longhouse.