The Snuneymuxw are a Coast Salish people who have lived on the shores of south-central Vancouver Island for thousands of years. Zero One worked with the Snuneymuxw community and several project partners (Nanaimo District Museum, Royal British Columbia Museum and Malaspina University-College) to bring together Snuneymuxw cultural objects and stories on this website.
The Snuneymuxw people are not remnants of history; they are a people who continue to live where their ancestors did and they develop new traditions while maintaining their connection to the past. The challenge with this site was to show various artifacts that belong to the Snueymuxw without making the Snueymuxw appear to be artifacts themselves.
In this online cultural exhibit, each object becomes the hub around which spokes of environment, history, and stories are connected. Each object is presented to the viewer and is linked to vocabulary from the Hul'q'umin'um' language. You see the artifact, you see how it is used, you can rotate it in three dimensions and you can hear what that object is called in the Hul'q'umin'um' language. In order to further remind the user of the living nature of the Snueymuxw people, Zero One also developed a visual dictionary that allows the user to see an object or activity and at the same time hear what the word sounds like. As the user passes the cursor over a diorama that includes a loom, the Snueymuxw word for 'loom' is audible. The site presents information in a variety of media to engage a variety of audiences. These include podcast interviews, realistic 3-D views of objects and video clips of elders speaking about how these objects were and, continue to be, used in the everyday life of the Snuneymuxw people.