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'Ksan Historical Village & Museum

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Arts, Culture and History in Northern BC's Bulkley Valley

Northern B.C.'s Bulkley Valley abounds with history, culture and artistic inspiration. Spectacular landscapes are captured by the many artists living in Smithers, a picturesque town alive with galleries, historical buildings and performing arts. Smithers and the Kispiox Valley are also home to family-friendly music festivals each summer. With roots dating back centuries, the rich cultures of the Gitxsan and Wet'suwet'en people can be explored at 'Ksan Heritage Village.

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Ksan Historical Village and Museum

Near the town of Old Hazelton is 'Ksan, a village of seven houses built to replicate a Gitxsan community that stood on the same riverbank site for centuries. Each of the houses, set in a row facing the river, reveals a different aspect of Gitxsan culture. Learn about feast traditions at the Wolf House, hear tales and legends of the distant past at the Frog House, and see dance regalia in the Fireweed House. Gitxsan guides also help interpret the village’s many totem poles. More poles, both ancient and modern, stand in the nearby villages of Kispiox, Kitwanga and Kitwancool.

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