An unprecedented recognition of the heritage of First Nations People will hopefully bring appreciation to all Indigenous Peoples. This is a grand opportunity for the world to share as indeed, the roots of all Peoples are indigenous.
Entrepreneur, Mr. Gernot Langes-Swarovski, is the patriarch of the Swarovski crystal family and
visionary behind the Sparkling Hill Resort located in Vernon, British Columbia. The resort is sensitively integrated into nature as it respects and appreciates the beautiful surroundings of Okanagan Lake and the majestic mountains.
The first inhabitants of the North Okanagan were part of the Interior Salish people who occupied the Valley for many thousands of years. Mr. Langes-Swarovski wanted to find a special and unique way to show his gratitude to the First Nations people of the Okanagan for allowing him to build on their natural pristine ancestry lands.
In his search, Mr. Langes-Swarovski reached out to his accomplished, connected and visionary friend, Stephen Cipes, proprietor of Summerhill Pyramid Organic Winery, who is known for his closeness to the Okanagan People. Mr. Cipes was able to find an artist who could create paintings that ‘tell the story’ of the heritage of the Okanagan People for thousands of years. Stephen introduced locally celebrated Okanagan artist Ron Hall aka “Moose” who then worked closely with Mr. Langes-Swarovski’s Sparkling Hill Resort CEO, Mr. Hans-Peter Mayr as well as the Swarovski Creative Team in Austria. They produced sixteen oil paintings, all of which have been cast in crystal in Austria and are now to be exhibited in the stunning Heritage Crystal Tipi.
This multi-million dollar gift is such a significant message to the world that it will be recommended to the United Nations Headquarters and the Federal Government of Canada to acquire a reproduced Heritage Crystal Tipi from the Swarovski company. These crystal paintings, each with a deeply meaningful story that accompanies each painting, so honors traditions and heritage, that they are perhaps an inspiration for us all to honor our own respective traditions, heritage and ancestry.