No matter where you're from, there's always an opportunity to learn more about your region's history and heritage. Whether you're born and raised in the Columbia or Okanagan Valley, you have plenty to learn about the place you came from, and fortunately, Osoyoos hosts its very own Aboriginal Day to celebrate the native culture. If you visit the Walnut Beach Resort June 21, you'll get to take a trip to the NK'MIP Desert Cultural Centre and see how the customs and tradition of Aboriginal people have sustained over thousands of years.
Archeological evidence has proven that natives had made a good living in the Okanagan Valley area by using the land and water resources to trade with neighbours. To this day, hundreds of Aboriginal people live on the Osoyoos Indian Reserve, a stretch of land 12,950 hectares big and full of life.
Each year, these members as well as guests at nearby Osoyoos hotels like the Walnut Beach gather to celebrate the culture and participate in rituals like making traditional food, dancing and drumming and ultimately honouring the long-lived history of the people.