The cedar exterior of the Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre teaches visitors about the native groups who inhabit the the Whistler region.
Stepping into the Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre located in the centre of Whistler Village, visitors enter into the Great Hall and are greeted with images, artifacts and the cedar beams - a species of tree which is very important to both the Squamish Lil'Wat people. This is a place to learn, share and enjoy two very different and distinct native cultures in British Columbia.
The Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre was built as a celebration of the two cultures and their presence in Whistler and their shared territory. in 2001 the two nations signed a formal protocol agreement and cemented their relationship with the planning and construction of the Centre which was opened in 2008 to celebrate the legacy of the people and educating visitors about their traditions, arts, language and history.
Inside the Great Hall artifacts and information ranges on a variety of subject from primitive tools once used to hunt such as arrowheads to how bark is harvested for a multitude of uses such as basket weaving and rope making. Several cedar canoes can be admired throughout the hall and Centre interpreters occasionally sing songs that have been passed from generation to generation. Several smaller rooms hold museums and galleries with examples of weaving, types of traditional clothing and historic artifacts. The Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre also has an outdoors area with two traditional dwellings, a Lil'Wat Istken and a Squamish Longhouse. A forest walk takes visitors alongside many important plants which are used for arts, food and necessities.
The Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre is an place for all ages. Activities such as arts and crafts as well as videos help explain these intricate cultures and keeps their traditions alive. The Squamish and Lil'Wat have worked hard to make the centre an inviting and educational experience to be enjoyed throughout the year.
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