We took advantage of an opportunity to visit a museum run by the band of the Kwakiutl living on the southern end of Quadra Island near Cape Mudge. This is a sleeper of a museum, open only intermittently over the past few years. They have a rich collection of the masks and costumes that were used in the potlatch ceremonies.
While at the museum, we watched a short dramatic film called "In the Land of the Head Hunters" that was made by the photographer Edward Curtis in 1914. He filmed the Kwakiutl around one of their villages a little north of here, using their native canoes and costumes. The Kwakiutl, of course, only used these things for ceremony by then, but Edward Curtis was always all about inventing a romantic past for the Indians. It is a remarkable piece of film footage, best of all are the scenes in the canoes; the black and white still here is from the film. If you search online, you can view scenes from the film.