Interactive Workshops & Tour Enhancements

Have your group join us for a unique hands on experience with one of our traditional craft workshops.  Our friendly First Nations Ambassadors will lead your group in getting crafty while sharing their Nations’ stories behind the craft.

Please note: costs and times quoted below are in addition to tour rates and times.

CEDAR ROPE
Cedar Rope Bracelet
Cedar Rope Bracelet

Recommended Age: 5+ Years
Additional Time Required: None
Group Size: Maximum 30
Cost: Included in admission

Learn the technique used to make inner cedar bark into a cedar rope or bracelet. Cedar is an important resource that was, and is still, used for making rope, baskets, matts and much more! All of our daily tours include a cedar rope craft activity – without tour the cost is $5.

CEDAR PADDLE NECKLACE
Paddle Necklace
Paddle Necklace

Recommended Age: 5-7 Years
Additional Time Required: 15 minutes
Group Size: Any
Cost: $5

Put together a cedar paddle necklace with pre-cut cedar paddles. Use beads to decorate the necklace and make it your own. The canoe paddle is a symbol of the journey and the spirit of unity and team work. This craft is a great option for young kids.

BUCKSKIN MEDICINE BAG
Medicine Bag
Medicine Bag

Recommended Age: 8+ Years
Additional Time Required: 45 minutes
Group Size: Any
Cost: $15

Use buckskin, beads and hide lacing to craft a handmade medicine bag! Traditionally, medicine bags were used hold medicinal herbs or treasures that provide protection for the wearer who may be on a spirit quests, hunting and gathering, journeying to neighbouring community, or everyday protection and reminders. Some of the more common contents for medicine bags are tobacco, sage, sweet grass or other items deemed special or spiritual, such as crystals or small carvings.

4” MINIATURE HAND DRUM ORNAMENT
Mini Toy Drum
Mini Toy Drum

Recommended Age: 8-12 Years
Additional Time Required: 45 minutes
Group Size: Any
Cost: $20

Make your own miniature version of a traditional Salish hand drum using deer hide, sinew and a frame, then customize it with design work, feather and beads. The drum is not just a music maker, but a voice for the soul within the music. The drum is more than a musical instrument to those who own and play it, as it is considered to have a life of its own and is regarded as having its own powerful spirit. In the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations’ traditions the drum symbolizes the heartbeat of our people.

DREAMCATCHER
Dreamcatcher
Dreamcatcher

Recommended Age: 10+ Years
Additional Time Required: 1 hour
Group Size: Any
Cost: $20

Weave together a vibrant dream catcher with feathers, beads, sinew and a suede wrapped hoop. Dream catchers are a craft shown to us from our neighboring First Nations trading partners who lived in the prairies and East Coast of Canada. They are hung in windows to allow good dreams to pass through while entangling bad dreams in the web which then perish at the first light of dawn.

SALISH WOOL WEAVING
Salish Wool Weaving
Salish Wool Weaving

Recommended Age: 12+ Years
Additional Time Required: 1.5 hours
Group Size: Maximum 25
Cost: $30

Learn the traditional techniques of Salish Wool Weaving! Option 1: Use table looms – depending on how fast participants catch on to the technique they will be able to create a bookmarker or wrist band (15 person max). Option 2: Use a cardboard template – with this option participants create coin pouches and have the ability to take the weaving home to finish if they do not complete. Wool Weaving is an integral part of the rich cultural history of the Coastal Nations and historically involved gathering, spinning and weaving mountain goat wool. Blankets and headbands are worn for protection of both natural and spiritual elements.

* Workshop is subject to staff availability

CEDAR PADDLE RATTLE
Paddle Rattle
Paddle Rattle

Recommended Age: 8+ Years
Additional Time Required: 1 hour
Group Size: Any
Cost: $30

Make a wooden paddle rattle using wooden pre-cut wood and copper beads. Gluing is required to assemble the rattle. If time allows, you will also have the opportunity to paint your rattle. Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations rattles or shakers are an instrument that is used in ceremonies, community songs or gifted to newborn babies to repel bad spirits. All Nations used the rattle in one form or another, as simple as a handful of stones shaken in ones hands to the more intricately adorned rattles that are used by many Nations.

SALISH HAND DRUM
16" Salish Hand Drum
16" Salish Hand Drum
10” SALISH HAND DRUM

Recommended Age: 15+ Years
Additional Time Required: 2.5 hours
Group Size: Maximum 30
Cost $98

16” SALISH HAND DRUM

Recommended Age: 15+ Years
Additional Time Required: 2.5 hours
Group Size: Maximum 30
Cost: $198

Make a beautiful traditional Salish hand drum using deer hide and a cedar frame. The drum is not just a music maker, but a voice for the soul within the music. The drum is more than a musical instrument to those who own and play it, as it is considered to have a life of its own and is regarded as having its own powerful spirit. In some traditions the drum symbolizes the heartbeat and in others it represents the powerful medicine of thunder.

* Please note that the drum requires a day to dry before painting. You will have the option of either coming back the following day or to bring your drum home to paint.

SCAVENGER HUNT
Permanent Exhibit What We Treasure Kalkalath

Recommended Age: 8+ Years
Additional Time Required: 1 hour
Group Size: Any
Cost: Free

Our Scavenger Hunt provides school groups the opportunity to discover the importance and meaning of different exhibit pieces located throughout the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Teachers and students work together to find information and complete tasks.

Access the SLCC Scavenger Hunt here.

SLCC Summer Brochure

Brochure

Click here to download our brochure where you’ll discover our Sea to Sky highway cultural Journey map.

Thunderbird Cafe

Thunderbird Café

Discover our unique style of modern First Nation’s cuisine such as bannock, salmon and venison. Visit the Thunderbird Café.

Gift Shop

Gallery & Gift Shop

Discover our unique selection of First Nations merchandise ranging from handcrafted works of art, to home accents, clothing and accessories, jewellery, pottery, baskets, books and souvenir merchandise. Visit the Gallery & Gift Shop.

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