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Northwest Coast Native Crests

Northwest Coast Native Crests

Traditionally, Northwest Coast Native crests represents clans. Chiefs and clan members carve and paint their crest symbols on houses, canoes, clothing, boxes and utensils. A Chief may posses many different crests. A Crest is usually a supernatural being or the supernatural aspect of an animal. Crests, along with songs, stories, dances and other property were acquired by humans during supernatural experiences, and were then handed down to their descendants. During early times, humans, animals and other beings transformed into one another. Today, crests also have more contemporary meanings.

National Aboriginal Day: A History of Art & Culture in Canada

National Aboriginal Day: A History of Art & Culture in Canada

National Aboriginal Day is a time for Native People to celebrate and feel pride in their cultures and accomplishments. It falls annually on June 21. The Summer Solstice is and has been a sacred time in all Native cultures. There are festivities across the country showcasing the best traditional and contemporary Native artists and performers. APTN has a live seven hour broadcast showing highlight from some of the larger events.

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