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Welcome to a virtual reconstruction of the ancient site of Xá:ytem on the banks of Fraser River, Mission in British Columbia, Canada. This is the only sacred transformer site in Canada open to general public, a cultural, historic and spiritual site for Stó:lo people. The ancestors of Stó:lo were a socially developed society of people who fished for salmon, systematically harvested the forests, traded over great distances and practiced a life rich in ceremony. Explore the scenes from their daily lives, the longhouse and pithouse (an underground circular cedar timbered dwelling), and see the famous transformer stone, Hatzic Rock on the verge of the forest.
In July of 1992, the Federal Government officially designated Xá:ytem as a National Historic Site, one of the first Native spiritual sites in Canada to be formally recognized in this manner. Today, you can visit Xá:ytem Longhouse Interpretive Centre in Mission, British Columbia, 90 minutes east from downtown Vancouver and learn more about the living culture that is still flourishing for thousands for years.