Ancient Songs & Stories of the Tsimshian
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Tour Code: ypr-006
Immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of the Tsimshian native people by watching a performance of traditional dances, songs and storytelling.
From the pier, it's a 20-minute walk from the ship to the Performance Longhouse near the Museum of Northern British Columbia. Here, you will enjoy a show of authentic stories and songs that have been passed down from generation to generation of the Tsimshian, a First Nations people. Oral history is one of the most important and valued ways that the Tsimshian elders impart knowledge and history to the younger generations.
The show may include a mask dance, in which the performers wear a mask or headdress that depicts an animal such as a wolf or a supernatural spirit known as a naxnox. Perhaps you will hear a tale about why the killer whale clan is represented by a grizzly bear crest. Another common subject matter is fishing, and you may learn how the Tsimshian spent their summers netting salmon and eulachon, also known as candlefish because their oily flesh will burn like a candle when dried. Whichever performances you are treated to, they each colorfully showcase the many facets of the Tsimshian culture.
Following the performance, you are free to either walk directly back to the ship, or visit the Museum of Northern British Columbia and browse its collection of art, artifacts, jewelry and books. It's an excellent way to understand even more about the area and its people. Those who return directly to the ship after the performance can make use of their complimentary admission to the Museum later in the day.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of easy to moderate walking/standing. There is an incline to negotiate to reach the Museum and the longhouse. The tour is available to wheelchair guests with non-motorized wheelchairs only. No guides or service animals are permitted in the Museum. A Museum staff member may be requested in advance for visually impaired guests. Warm, layered clothing; waterproof jacket and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.