Connect to Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation heritage, as naaʔuu returns to Tin Wis for spring 2024
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation (Tofino, BC) – For many millennia, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation has been living here and serving as stewards on the environmentally significant west coast of Vancouver Island, generating a wealth of ancestral heritage passed down from one generation to the next. Intricate carving, traditional ceremony, respect for nature and a diet rich in West-Coast ingredients are some staples of that heritage which you can now connect to, through the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation cultural experience, naaʔuu.
Following its debut success in 2023, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and its Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks initiative is pleased to announce the return of its Indigenous tourism experience naaʔuu which means “feast” in Tla-o-qui-aht. And all are invited.
“Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s path forward around our language and cultural resurgence includes events like naaʔuu, delivered by Tla-o-qui-aht people increasing visitors’ and locals’ opportunity to gain our Nation’s perspective,” explains Saya Masso, Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks lead.
The event series returns for a month-long run, from April 5 - May 4, 2024 to the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation-owned Tin Wis Resort. Here, ticketed guests will enjoy a three-hour Tla-o-qui-aht themed evening, including Tla-o-qui-aht inspired cuisine and cultural program.
Proceeds from naaʔuu, go back to Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation supporting language and cultural resurgence.
“Given Tin Wis Resort is owned by Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, we are honoured to be the host venue for the event series while fostering our culture and bringing more potentials for Tla-o-qui-aht people,” explains Maria Clark, Nation citizen and Tin Wis Resort assistant manager.
For naaʔuu, the event production team will be converting the Tin Wis Resort conference centre into a Tla-o-qui-aht inspired art space, providing an interactive cultural experience served up over a fine culinary experience.
Tickets for one of Canada’s leading cultural dinner experiences are now on sale and expected to sell out fast (link to EventBrite).
“naaʔuu presents the chance to listen, learn, and join the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation as we embark on a journey through our past, present, and future generations,” explains naaʔuu’s artistic director, Ivy Cargill-Martin.
Buy naaʔuu tickets for spring 2024 today
“I am pleased to be a part of bringing Tla-o-qui-aht stories to life through art, my own personal way of storytelling. A chance for understanding where you are and to gain perspective from those who have maintained it for generations.”
A Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s Indigenous tourism experience
A Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation cultural experience over a Tla-o-qui-aht inspired dinner. Ticket buyers can expect to be part of an event that will leave them wrapped in Tla-o-qui-aht history, culture and perspective, shared through song, food and through engaging content.
Tin Wis Resort, located on Tin Wis Beach (Mackenzie Beach) about five minutes from downtown Tofino, BC.
Fridays and Saturdays, 6 - 9pm
April 5, 6
May 3, 4
Many travellers coming to Tofino, BC within Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation homelands are seeking connection with the community. naaʔuu provides that “bridge” between both worlds, leaving guests transformed from the cultural perspective gained from the event.
For a taste of what you're in for, watch this CTV video review of the 2023 event series, explaining why the experience is one of Canada's leading Indigenous cultural experiences.
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When you Go
location: The Tin Wis Resort is a Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation hotel located within Tofino (within Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s homelands) located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
getting there: access to Tofino is a BC Ferries adventure away from Vancouver or direct flight from YVR with Pacific Coastal Airlines.
Learn more about naaʔuu through this Vancouver Sun review.
Tla-o-qui-aht legacy of nature preservation
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation is Canada’s most storied First Nations, home to a ground-breaking Indigenous lands rights settlement after one of the country’s biggest civil uprisings, known as “the war in the woods.”
Following this mid-80’s uprise, the nation founded Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks as a lands rights expression. They encourage you to support Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Allies, businesses who pay an eco-system fee back to the Nation for the privilege in running their operation within one of the world’s most intact ancient gardens.
Support and learn
See it to believe it, buy your naaʔuu tickets today and book a Tin Wis Resort stay. ***Eventbrite link once again https://tinwis.ca/
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