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George Johnson knocks on the door of the Wuikinuxv community big house.
The Wuikinuxv people built the House of Nuakawa, in 2005. The reconstruction of the house has been a huge source of strength and pride, and has lead to a revival in the Potlatch culture. A Potlatch as described by The website from the U'mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay is; "a ceremony where families gather and names are given, births are announced, marriages are conducted, and where families mourn the loss of a loved one. The potlatch is also the ceremony where a chief will pass on his rights and privileges to his eldest son." It is a fundamental part of many First Nations cultures on the coast of BC.
The original decline of the Potlatch was a result of the potlatch ban which was legislation forbidding the practice of the potlatch passed by the government of the Dominion of Canada, which began in 1885 and lasted until 1951. Many were still held in secret during this time.
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