Art and Culture
The fertile Okanagan Valley is steeped in history and culture
Excavations in Osoyoos show that the Okanagan Indians were here for many centuries, and depended absolutely on nature for their livelihood, and storing supplies for winter. They were survivalists, making their own medicine from roots, herbs, and balsam wood. Our people still follow these traditions today, which help to keep us strong and free of disease.
The Okanagan Indians believe in the Great Spirit and, according to tradition, were rulers of the Valley. Their territory extended from Vernon to Brewster (Washington), and from the Arrow Lakes to Princeton.