Last weekend, Ecofisher’s Camille MacIntosh and Leah Ballin attended the Kumugwe Mask Blessing at the Cumberland Museum. Ecofish donated funds to the Kumugwe Project commissioned to transform the entrance of the museum and create a permanent exhibit highlighting the history and resiliency of the K’omoks people. Attendees enjoyed a beautiful ceremony where they witnessed three dances including a women’s dance, a welcome dance, and the blessing of the Kumugwe mask. The ceremony also included drumming and the sprinkling of eagle down as a symbol of peace and welcoming. The mask was hand crafted by the very talented K’omoks and Kwakwaka’wakw youth artist, Karver Everson.
If you would like to see the permanent Kumugwe exhibit and are interested in learning more about the history of the K’omoks people, we encourage you to visit the Cumberland Museum: http://www.cumberlandmuseum.ca/