NK'MIP DESERT HERITAGE SOCIETY
Our Impact Why We Exist
Our main reason for existing is to set a living legacy for our future generations, both non-native and native. Everyone has a heritage but as the years progress the Earth is loosing many different cultures for many reasons. As our reservation is on endangered desert land we are the immediate care-takers of the land therefore we must protect it at all costs, which then includes our language, way of life and other elements that make the Okanagan People unique.
Our Story What We Do
The Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre (NDCC) is located on the Osoyoos Indian Bands' traditional Okanagan First Nation Territory. Coupled with being in Canada's only Desert region the NDCC works to inform guests and travellers about the importance of the land, traditions and customs associated with the First Nations of this area.
We tell our story of how we grew as a People within our reservations through the encouragement and teachings of our forefathers. We teach how to value and respect the land while making our way in the modern world.
Our stories discuss the animals, land and the connection with them as we progress through the years and what it means to be an Okanagan.
Our Programs How We Do It
During the busy summer months we have a variety of daily programs teaching all aspects of the Okanagan people and desert environment.
A few examples of this are:
10:00am guided trail walk - an interpretive trail walk leading to our replicated village. Along the way guests can ask any questions pertaining to the desert and the People of the area. Once at the Village guests are led to a large pit-house where questions can be answered. (roughly 40 minutes to an hour)
Snakes Alive Presentation: This popular 45 minute show is a power point presentation discussing the 7-species of snakes in our area. We do have a live rattlesnake on display while teaching safety and what to do if encountering a rattlesnake on the trail or elsewhere. We also dispell any myths surrounding the rattlesnake.
Other programs can include a Pow-and-Wow presentation, an Archeaology presentation, Skulls and skins interpretation, and lots of Culturally related programming.
Aboriginal Day within our Centre is a special day for us as we do many programs celebrating that day.
What You Can Do
--- Volunteer--- Come for a visit to learn!--- Research the First Nations in your community to better understand Aboriginality and the many differences.--- Respect the Earth