One of the greatest achievements of the Heiltsuk was the
development of beautiful and finely crafted forms through which
so much of Heiltsuk culture, philosophy and way of life was made
visible, and by means of which the Heiltsuk were enabled to
survive and prevail in a rich but challenging environment.
These forms provided for the essentials
of subsistence, and served as well as to teach and inspire. The
Heiltsuk were and continue to be keen visual learners, teachers,
artists and technicians.
The goal of the H.C.E.C. museum program
is to preserve and present the visual evidence of Heiltsuk
cultural and historical achievements and to build upon
traditional visual hands-on learning strengths of the
Specific objectives are to:
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- Develop visual and hands-on education
programs utilizing museum exhibits and related programs and
- Programs will be designed to 1) present
major themes in Heiltsuk history and culture, 2) especially, but
not exclusively from the Heiltsuk point of view, and 3) to
stimulate further inquiry.
- The target audience will be students
and staff of the Bella Bella Community School, members of the
Heiltsuk Band and residents of Waglisla, resource people and
visitors to the community and central coast region.
- In the future, travelling exhibits may
be designed to be presented in other communities in the central
coast and elsewhere in B.C., in museums and related institutions,
and at other cultural centres.
- In addition, the Centre will seek to
arrange for exhibits of Heiltsuk art and artifacts on loan from
museums and private collections.*
- Provide facilities for safe-keeping of community heritage
properties and promote the preservation of Heiltsuk heritage
*(see also under CONSERVATION, 2. & 3.)
- Seek, if possible, the repatriation of Heiltsuk art and