T'sasała means "to be determined." our group is determined to follow in the footsteps of our ancestors.
The group was founded in 1996 by Andrea and Donna Cranmer. The two sisters were fortunate to have been members of the Kwakwa'la Arts & Crafts Society in the late 60's, learning from the old people. It is these important teachings that we continue to pass on to our group today.
Our members range in age from 2 to 70 years old. We share our culture to thousands of people, not only in our 'Na̱mg̱is gukwdzi (bighouse) as well as in communities around the province. We pride ourselves in following the footsteps of our ancestors
What You'll See!!
You will see the next generation of Kwakwa̱k̕a̱'wakw sharing our culture to educate the world about our ancient songs, dances, teachings and values. These teachings are still being passed on today to the children of T'sasała.
You will witness the dances of the T̕seka, our red cedar bark ceremony. You will see the traditional dances that connect us to the land, sky, and sea. The T̕seka will be followed by the T̕ła'sala ceremony - peace dances then finally the A̱mlala or fun dances were you will get a chance to join in.
This will all be shared in the 'Na̱mg̱is gukwdzi (big house.) The Big House has a dirt floor that connects the dancers with mother Earth and a fire in the center of the house.
JULY and AUGUST
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Doors open at 1:00 and performance starts at 1:15
Children $10.00 12 & under
Children under 3 are free
You can pay cash at the door or pay by debit or credit at Culture Shock Interactive Gallery or the U'mista Cultural Centre.
Private bookings are available. For more information, please contact us.