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The Atnarko River near Bella Coola
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Bella Coola

Aboriginal Experiences

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The Bella Coola Valley has a number of Aboriginal and cultural sites to explore. The Nuxalk (pronounced Noo-halk-um), who are indigenous to the Bella Coola and Coast Mountain area, were historically a wealthy people and had developed a strong artisan culture, a skill which is still passed on to the younger generations today.

Nuxalk Settlement and Traditional Buildings

The Nuxalk community is located in two settlement areas. The oldest portion is in the Bella Coola townsite. Here visitors will find the oldest standing cedar pole creating the door portal to the House of Noomnst, a Nuxalk community building. While in the townsite, visitors are welcome to book a visit with renowned artist Noel Pootlass and visit his workshop. Many other local artists' work can be viewed at the Kopas store in Bella Coola.

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