Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre Osoyoos
The Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Center is a 9,000 sq ft state-of-the-art interpretive center that is regarded as the first of the aboriginal centers in City of Osoyoos British Columbia. This art center is owned and run by the Osoyoos India Band and stretches about 3 km north of the Canada-US border. Nk’Mip Cultural Center is located north of the Great American Desert and extends southward to the Mexican Sonoran Desert.
The major reason behind the creation of this exhibition center is to showcase the Okanagan Desert and the way of life of the Okanagan people. The exhibition center also puts in conservative efforts to promote desert wildlife in the region. So far, Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Center has created spinoffs, including a web development business, landscaping business, crafts market, and a greenhouse for local plants.
If you are a lover of art and culture, visiting this heritage center will blow your mind away. It has both indoor and outdoor trails and exhibits, designed to create an interactive learning space with firsthand displays and 2 multi-media theatres. Some of the exhibits in this center include the Aboriginal architecture structures such as a Pit-house, Sweat lodge, and Tipi.
The Nk’Mip Cultural Center was designed and completed in 2006 by Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden architects and DIALOG. Both the interior and exterior of the facility cover 39,000 m2 and it cost over $6 million to construct. Looking at the facility, it has a design that portrays the traditional winter settlement of the Okanagan people coupled with a natural landscape of a modern architectural design. Visiting the site of this mesmerizing building will leave you awe and astound at the effort put in to establish such a structure in British Columbia.
Another memorable thing about the interior of the Nk’Mip Cultural Center is that it was made from blue-stain pine boards. This pinewood was damaged by the blue stain fungus and Mountain pine beetle and was harvested after been ruined by these invading species. The essence of using this wood is to prove that despite being considered unsuited for a finished material, it can still be utilized.
Some of the exhibits of Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Center include 2 films, a 1.5-kilometer walking trail, Inkameep Day School Art Collection, a reconstructed traditional Okanagan village, and interpreter-hosted programs that make it an exciting experience for all visitors.
If you want to learn about the native Okanagan people, visiting this breathtaking architectural structure will leave you with so much fun.