Mountaineers: Community Experience in Chilliwack’s Mountains
On view May 18–December 22, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday May 17th, 7:00-9:00pm – all are welcome
With their rugged natural beauty and bountiful natural resources, communities have been drawn to the local Cascade Mountains for over 10,000 years. Encompassed by the Stó:lō First Nation’s S’ólh Téméxw (Our World), Chilliwack’s mountains are places of cultural value, local landmarks, as well as sites of recreation. The exhibition brings to light the diverse ways in which people have experienced the local mountains, focusing on 19th and 20th century historical accounts and records held in the Chilliwack Archives’ Collection. An array of photographs, journals and physical ephemera will be on display.
Thank you to the exhibition advisors Drew Brayshaw, Neil Grainger, Naxaxalhts’I Sonny McHalsie, and Sam Waddington for sharing their invaluable experience and knowledge of Chilliwack’s mountains.
We would also like to recognize the following people for their help in providing photos, stories, and other contributions to the exhibition: Jamie Commodore, Kaitlyn Crain Enriquez, Patrick Gillespie, Tia Halstad, the Leclerc Family, Roberta Malloway-Sepass, Bill Sepass, Michelle Tang, Carrielynn Victor, Marie Weeden, and the Chilliwack Park Society.
T’xwelátsé: We Have to Learn to Live Together in a Good Way
“We have to learn together to live together in a good way” is a lesson that rings as true today as it did during the first contact between early European settlers and Aboriginal Peoples. The exhibit, based on the lesson by Stone T’xwelátsé: an ancestor of the Stó:lō, encourages visitors to imagine what the meeting of these two world viewpoints resulted in as thousands of newcomers gathered in the Chilliwack area during the 1858 gold rush.