Upcoming Indigenous Events at the Museum of Anthropology

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The Sepik River of Papua New Guinea is one of the largest river systems in the world, extraordinarily beautiful, but seldom visited. This exhibition will not only showcase the finest contemporary collection of these works in Canada – it will also raise awareness of environmental risks from proposed logging and mining operations that threaten the cultural and natural environs of the region.

Save the Date: Join us for the opening party on March 1, 2016.



  • Coastal First Nations Dance Festival

The 2016 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival returns to MOA in March with special performances and school programs. The festival will showcase the diverse and rich cultural traditions practiced by a selection of some of the best artists from coastal British Columbia, the Yukon, as well as national and international guest artists. The museum’s Great Hall will be transformed into a celebration of Indigenous cultures and dance traditions.

The 2016 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival is produced by the Dancers of Damelahamid in partnership with the Museum of Anthropology.


Vancouver artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, of Coast Salish and Okanagan descent, is the focus in this provocative exhibition of new and existing paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installation works that confront the colonialist suppression of First Nations people, and the ongoing struggle for Aboriginal rights to lands, resources, and sovereignty.

Save the Date: Join us for the opening party on May 10, 2016.

  • Holiday Tours:
    December 19 – January 3
    11:00am- MOA Tour (55 min)
    1:00pm- Potlatch Collection Highlights (25 min)
    2:00pm- MOA Tour (55 min)

    Holiday tours end January 3rd. Check our website for the regular and holiday tour schedules.

  • Regular Tours starting January 4:
    Wednesday – Sunday:
    11:30am- MOA tour (55 min)
    2:00pm- MOA tour (55 min)

    11:30am- MOA tour (55 min)
    2:00- MOA tour (55 min)
    6:00pm- MOA Tour (55 min)

    All tours are free with museum admission.

  • Holiday Hours:
    Open December 31, 10am – 3pm
    Open January 1, 10am – 5pm
    *Please note that the café will be closed January 1.




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