From this position, the large decorated house fronts and totem poles of the village are visible from the water. Tours are offered in the following houses: The Frog House (Wilp Lax See’l), the house of the distant past, represents Gitxsan culture before European contact; the Fireweed House (Wilp Gisk’aast), the treasure house, displays the regalia used by ’Ksan Performing Arts Group; and the Wolf House (Wilp Lax Gibuu), the feast house, demonstrates the Gitxsan governing system commonly referred to as the potlatch.
Every Thursday evening from July 4 to August 8, 2017, there will be performances in the feast house of traditional Gitxsan song and dance. And a deep appreciation for ancestry.
Each time ’Ksan tour guide Crystal Mowatt enters the Frog House she sees a picture of her grandfather, a big chief with the Gitxsan nation.
“It’s calming, it’s relaxing,” says Mowatt, who helps visitors understand her community, answering questions they have about the ancestral ties that link the past to the present.
“My generation has a huge responsibility to keep the culture and the traditions alive,” she adds.