Arson at U’mista Cultural Centre, Alert Bay

Umista announcement

As a result of the fire, the Potlatch Collection has been profoundly affected and has required the efforts of conservation specialists from RBCM, MOA, and Museum at Campbell River.

READ:
Curator lends her expert hand (Campbell River Mirror)

Jack Knox: Arson imperils the cultural heart of Alert Bay (Times Colonist)
If you don’t know the significance of the Potlatch Collection as a Canadian, resident of BC, or anthropologist, this Times Colonist article provides a good primer. As well, you can seek and view the documentary, Potlatch: A Strict Law Bids Us Dance (VIU Library, E 99 K9 P612 1975, 54 min).
Here’s a clip from the above documentary:

The video clip below is a preview for Box of Treasures (VIU Library, E 99 K9 B68 2004, 28 min). The documentary explains how the Potlatch Collection was returned to Alert Bay. If you don’t have time to view both documentaries, a condensed and excerpted version is available as Potlatch (22 min) in First Nations: The Circle Unbroken (VIU Library, E 78 C2 F57712).

If you wish to help the U’mista Cultural Society during this time of need, donations can be made through CanadaHelps.org.