Evoke DIALOG – Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre
A culture designed the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre:
DIALOG designers were merely translators.
The People of the Okanagan Nation, live in eight communities in the interior of British Columbia and Washington. Over 400 band members live and work on the Osoyoos Indian Reserve which stretches from Oliver to Osoyoos. On this Reserve is the romantically set Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre (Nk’Mip).
The 1,600 acre desert conservation area is one of Canada’s most endangered places. The Osoyoos Indian Band wanted to build a place with purpose. Here you can discover the desert ecology and wildlife, experience mystic legends in one of two multi-sensory theatres, take daily trail walks and even see eye-to-eye with a western rattlesnake! The Cultural Centre’s educational program passes knowledge, restoring the great divide of First Nation’s youth and their culture.
The design expression pushes the boundaries of First Nation’s architecture. Aboriginal design is often visually inferred by times past, while Nk’Mip deliberately celebrates a culture’s present. The Osoyoos Indian Band share an emotional relationship with their land. This relationship, and the contemporary culture of their people, is what formed Nk’Mip.
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