Culture is the lens through which we view the world. 

Culture is the language, customs, traditions, beliefs, music, songs, stories and symbolic forms of everyday practices. It defines who we are as a people; keeping alive our past, reflecting our values, articulating our dreams, and fostering pride in who we are. It proclaims our existence and identity to the world. Cultural activity mirrors a culture; it is how a culture perceives and expresses itself, and is perceived, as expressed, by others. It can be defined as the symbolic forms and the everyday practices through which people express and experience meaning.

Your trip to the Comox Valley would not be complete without experiencing the fascinating living traditions of the Kwakwaka’wakw people who pass on their oral history through song, dance, art and stories.

Mission Statement

The Kumugwe Cultural Society represents the K’omoks people assisting its cultural community endeavors; to develop and promote culture.

Vision Statement

The Kumugwe Cultural Society strives to build a culturally vibrant future, individually and collectively, celebrate, value and support participation in and access to the K’omoks cultural experience.


“We will dance when our laws command us to dance, and we will feast when our hearts desire to feast. Do we ask the white man, ‘Do as the Indian does?’ It is a strict law that bids us dance. It is a strict law that bids us distribute our property among our friends and neighbors. It is a good law. Let the white man observe his law; we shall observe ours. And now, if you come to forbid us dance, be gone. If not, you will be welcome to us.”

Chief O’wax̱a̱laga̱lis

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