Indian Country Today – October 23

IndianCountrySkwachàys Lodge Combines Native Culture and Social Good

Hans Tammemagi

On the east end of Vancouver, one of the city’s oldest neighborhood, there is an unusual sight: one six-story building has a soaring totem and Native longhouse on top. The building, the Skwachàys Lodge, is an attractive Aboriginal-art hotel and represents a unique milestone for indigenous people. Each of the 18 boutique hotel units is decorated in different tasteful indigenous themes. The lobby includes the Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery where Native art can be purchased. Furthermore, visitors can participate in traditional sweat lodge and smudging ceremonies. More