Our Friend Ernie Phillip
"Ernie Philip, a full-blooded Shuswap First Nations elder, is a Champion fancy dancer who taught me a great deal about Native Customs and First Nations Protocol. He is not as active as when I first met him at Expo 86 but still meets and greets tourists at Quaaout Lodge in Shuswap.
The wisdom that he shared over the years has given me a deep understanding for Native culture and enabled me to produce Aboriginal performances for corporate events in an manner that is both respectful of First Nations traditions and entertaining for the audience.
PLUS he is a pretty funny guy: After parking at the Museum of Anthropology for a major event Ernie refused to pay for parking saying 'we own all this land..how can you charge me?' I was happy to insert a few loonies into the meter!"