Barkerville to host 2nd annual Aboriginal Celebration Saturday July 11th

Barkerville to host 2nd annual Aboriginal Celebration Saturday July 11th

In brief

  • Barkerville’s 2nd annual Aboriginal Celebration will take place on Saturday, July 11th
  • The Lhtako Dene Hoop Dancers will perform, along with storytellers and drummers from the Xatśūll First Nation and Bear Dancers from the St’át’ímc territory at Lilooet
  • The documentary Canyon War: The Untold Story will be screened throughout the day, with a selection of the First Nations portraits of Barkerville photographer C.D. Hoy
Lhtako Dene Hoop Dancers

Lhtako Dene Hoop Dancers

In detail

On Saturday, July 11th visitors to Barkerville Historic Town will be treated to the traditional sights and sounds of British Columbia’s Central Interior First Nations communities during the National Historic Site’s second annual Aboriginal Celebration.

The event, which is a collaboration between the Barkerville Heritage Trust and both the Lhtako Dene and Xatśūll First Nations (on whose shared traditional territory Barkerville rests) will also include representatives from aboriginal communities as far away as Lillooet.

Saturday’s festivities kick off first thing in the morning with an all-day presentation of Barkerville photographer C.D. Hoy’s collection of First Nations portraits from the turn of the 20th-century, and screenings of Canyon War: The Untold Story.

At noon a gathering of Barkerville’s costumed historical interpreters and members of several BC First Nations communities will parade up the main street of town before settling in for a traditional welcome from the Lhtako Dene and Xatśūll First Nations, as well as remarks from Barkerville Heritage Trust and the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association.

A rousing and uplifting series of song, storytelling, and drumming demonstrations from Xatśūll and Williams Lake will follow, before the stage is turned over to the Lhtako Dene Hoop Dancers from Quesnel, and Bear Dancers from the St’át’ímc territory at Lillooet. More outstanding dance, drum, and song presentations will continue throughout the afternoon, as well as traditional games for kids and Hoop Dance lessons for everyone.

“Our event organizers were particularly pleased by the number of guests who came out to celebrate with us in our inaugural year last year,” said James Douglas, Barkerville’s Manager of Visitor Experiences. “Thanks to the continued partnership and support of our local and regional First Nations communities, Barkerville’s second annual Aboriginal Celebration will no doubt rival the first.”

For more information about Barkerville’s Aboriginal Celebration, or any of the historic town’s seasonal special events, please phone 1-888-994-3332 toll free, or visit

Barkerville Aboriginal Celebration 2015