I attended the spectacular Kla-how-ya (Welcome) exhibit gala opening at the Pan Pacific Hotel recently prior to the opening of the 2010 Olympics and the 16-day exhibition. This was a wonderful evening of performances of dance and song, with Aboriginal music by Tribal Clef. The highlight was the Traditional Aboriginal wild foods prepared by Daryl Nagata, Executive Chef of the Pan Pacific Vancouver.

Chef Nagata created this menu to show the world the wild foods that Aboriginal people eat and to provide a unique culinary experience to all guests. There was Salmon, Bison, Rattlesnake, Sturgeon, Trout, Rabbit, Elk, Duck, Muskox, Caribou and more.

One of Six Regional Menus

Bannock Sticks and Bison Crackers

This celebration was a feast of the senses and authentic experience of Aboriginal culture.

By: Richard Wolak