The upcoming exhibition, The Okanagans and their Neighbours. An Exhibition of the Okanagan Syilx People, is curated with the assistance of Ruby Alexis of the Okanagan Indian Band. It features various aspects of Okanagan culture including tools, fishing implements, food products, clothing and baskets. Both Ruby Alexis and Dan Bruce (curator of the Lake Country Museum and Archives) will be present at the official opening to answer questions about the exhibition from guests and the media.
Shown publicly for the first time are artifacts excavated from the old village site at the foot of Pretty Road on the old shore of Wood Lake. Of particular interest in this new exhibit case are a number of fish net weights, likely used nearby in what was then known as Pelmewash (Lake) or in Vernon Creek. This village was likely a seasonal fish camp and also the eastern terminus of the portage route from Pelmewash to Okanagan Lake.
The exhibition runs from January 22nd to March 19th, 2016. Admission to the Museum and to the exhibition is by Donation.