As we walked from the dock where the Sea Bird was moored to the U’mista Cultural Centre and then to the "Big House" for a dance performance, we enjoyed a wide variety of outdoor artwork in the small town of Alert Bay, B.C. We saw totem poles, wall paintings on the sides of houses and shops, wood carvings, and other decorations, including murals that were more like graffiti in modern cities than like tribal art.
|The "Big House" where over 1000 people can watch ceremonies such as 21st century potlatches. We were here for|
a dance performance presented to the Sea Bird passengers and a group of school children. (Blogged HERE). A few days
after our visit. the Big House was to host a very large potlatch for tribal residents of the entire area.