Ceremonial and utilitarian objects, tools and regalia for traditional use and the tourist market, typical examples and exceptional masterworks, objects that were old when they were collected and new works of art in a variety of media—all are in our exceptional ethnology collection of over 14,000 objects.
More than 65,000 photographic images and films in a variety of historical and modern formats document the people, communities and ways of life of First Peoples from the 1850s, when photographs were first taken in British Columbia, to the present. Approximately 3,700 sound recordings made with First Nations people preserve their vocabularies, stories, songs, oratory, traditions and histories for future generations.
The Royal BC Museum is honoured to care for, and learn from, this extraordinary collection, ensuring that it is accessible to First Peoples, artists, researchers, scholars and the interested public.
Proud sponsor of the First Nations ethnology digitization project