SUSK'UZ HEADDRESS EXHIBIT OPENING

THE EXPLORATION PLACE

December 03, 2022

The Exploration Place has reopened after two years of exciting renovations and they now offer a band-new updated Museum experience, where Maiyoo Keyoh Society will be highlighting  our Susk’uz Headdress Exhibit with other cultural Keyoh treasures.

The    exhibit    supports    the    vision    and    efforts    of    successive    Susk’uz, Keyohwhudachun to bring together our ancestral cultural family treasures. The sharing of our ancestral cultural family treasures with communities is essential to the healing process and reconciliation.

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Background

About 7 years ago, while doing some research for our Aboriginal Title Claim, our family found our territory Keyohwhudachun (chief) headdress.  The headdress was taken by Father Morrice in about 1887,  145 years ago and ended up on display at the Royal Ontario Museum. (attached news article).

 

The 200 year old headdress, in and of itself is a spectacular piece of indigenous art.  However it’s much more that a piece of art, or a relegated museum piece.  It represents our indigenous cultural institution of governance and land tenure, the Keyoh system.  Our Keyoh system is very strong and we still operate today, that is the real story.

 

Over the past 2 or 3 years our family built a relationship with “The Exploration Place”, the local museum in Prince George and with the support of many federal and provincial funding partners we arranged for the headdress’ return to central BC.   

 

To celebrate the return of the headdress, the Keyoh cultural institution and in recognition of all the parties who helped make this happen, we are bringing everyone together for the opening.    There will be many discussions on the TRC calls to action and UNDRIP and reconciliation.  The Keynote speaker will be Honorable Murray Sinclair Murray with special guest speaker Satsan Herb George

 

Among the guests will be Keyohwhudachun (the hereditary chiefs, also known as Keyoh Holders), local Indian act chiefs and councils, media/press and provincial and federal politicians.

 

We received support from the BC Museums Association, Ministry of Canadian Heritage  and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.