Naaʔuu is a Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Cultural Experience that invites you to come together and feast in Tofino.
In March 2023, visitors can experience Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation food, art, song and dance through this new limited event series entitled naaʔuu. Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation is excited to announce the launch ofnaaʔuu, a new limited cultural event series presentedat the Tla-o-qui-aht-owned Best Western Plus Tin Wis Resort in Tofino.
naaʔuu takes its name from a Nuu-chah-nulth word that translates to “come together” and “feast.” Over a traditionally inspired dinner of salmon, shellfish and locally sourced produce—prepared and provided by Chef Ian Riddick, Heartwood Kitchen and Tla-o-qui-aht food suppliers - guests will immerse in Tla-o-qui-aht culture through performative storytelling, dance and song in a first-of-its-kind experience.
When the Canadian federal government passed the Indian Act in 1876, it aimed to eradicate Indigenous culture by assimilating First Nations, Indigenous culture by assimilating First Nations, Inuit, and Métis into mainstream Canadian society. Soon after, potlatches were banned in an amendment to the act, which granted society. Soon after, potlatches were banned in an amendment to the act, which granted government officials and anthropologists the ability to confiscate sacred ceremonial objects and art, such as totem poles.
In sharing Tla-o-qui-aht’s worldview through an Indigenous tourism experience, more people will be able to relate to their stories and better understand what it has taken to maintain their rich culture.
Following the Nuu-chah-nulth principles of his-shuk-nish-tsa-waaj (we are all one), naaʔuu welcomes everyone to come feast together in Tofino.
Buy your tickets now for this limited event series running March 9 - 31, 2023 .
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