Mungo Martin House

Mungo Martin House


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Groups will be performing in the Mungo Martin House on March 20 and 21 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Performances include:

  • Ahousat Cultural Group
  • Gitmaxmak’ay Dance Group
  • Lekwungen Dance Group
  • Spindle Whirl Dance Group
  • Tzinquaw Dance Group

Pictured: The Lekwungen Dance Group

About the Mungo Martin House

Wawadiťła is the name of the Kwakiutl Big House in Thunderbird Park at the Royal BC Museum. The house was built by Nakaṕankam, Chief Mungo Martin in 1953 in partnership with the Royal BC Museum curator, Wilson Duff. Mungo consulted with the Chiefs of Songhees and Esquimalt nations before proceeding with the house project on the lands of the lək̓ʷəŋən People.

Mungo insisted that the opening Wawadiťła included the proper Potlatch ceremonies to honour the cultural traditions of the coastal First Peoples. Three days of ceremony marked the grand opening in December of 1953 – one day for family, one day for invited dignitaries, and one day for the public.



Today Wawadiťła is designated a Provincial Historic site within Thunderbird Park. 

Following the cultural traditions of the Kwakwaka’wakw, Mungo’s great grandson Walas ´Namugwis, Chief David Mungo Knox now holds the hereditary rights and privileges of Chief Nakaṕankam, including the Big House Wawadiťła.