With its many totem poles and significant Aboriginal sites, New Hazelton and the surrounding Hazeltons area is a fabulous place to view and learn about local First Nations culture.
The area's people, including the Wet'suwet'en and Gitxsan, have made a huge effort and continue to preserve and honour their language, culture, arts, and traditional beliefs.
'Ksan Museum and Historical Village
The 'Ksan Museum and Historical Village, between Old Hazelton and Gitanmaax, is a replica of a former Gitxsan village from the 1800s. A visit to this world-class destination is both iconic and intimate. The site has a museum with an upstairs exhibition that changes periodically. There's also a carving school, gift shop, totem poles, and several longhouses to explore. Take a tour in English, French, or German to learn about the Gitxsan history, governance, and ancient song and dance.
To get to 'Ksan Village, turn off Hwy 16 to go to Hazelton Village. Within a few minutes, 'Ksan will appear on the left. The best time to visit is during the summer as, in the winter, no tours are available and only the museum and gift shop are open.
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Hwy 62 High Level Rd
Hazelton, British Columbia
As a replicated ancient village, 'Ksan illustrates many features of a Gitxsan village from the distant past. 'Ksan's houses form a single line with each building facing the river and the large decorated house fronts and totem poles are visible from the water. In conjunction with other features, such as the smoke house and food cache, 'Ksan illustrates characteristics typical of a past Gitxsan village. The museum is the oldest component of the Village and houses over 600 pieces. Comprised of both ceremonial and utilitarian materials, this collection illustrates the great diversity within the material culture of the Gitxsan.