New Online Cultural Resource Publication Launched in Smithers

It's billed as BC's first-ever journal of cultural resource management -- and it launched recently in Smithers.

"Culturally Modified" is an online periodical that focuses on, not just regional culture, but how society is shaped by diversity all around the world.

The idea had been around for a few years -- Rick Budhwa, who heads up Smithers-based Crossroads Cultural Resource Management, wanted to create a publication, that would exclusively cover topics of culture and cultural resource management.

And after receiving a lot of positive and encouraging feedback about the idea, he and his team decided to give it a go.

"Earlier this year, we decided to take the plunge and just start working towards it and we did!  We had lots of support along the way, lots of interest, lots of contributions, and it culminated with the November launch and it's been great!" he explained.  (You can view it here:  https://culturallymodified.org/ )

Budhwa, and his editor Amanda Follett Hosgood, worked with a variety of sectors, including government, academia and First Nations, to bring everything together, and to create something that would be visually stunning and also informative.

[PICTURED:   Amanda Follett Hosgood, Rick Budhwa]

Budhwa says it covers a wide range of issues, "anything from arts, heritage, religion, to things that are more material-based like archeology, there are many many disciplines we can put in to cultural resource management and in the end what we deal with is anything that impacts or potentially impacts people and culture."

Rather than simply being a professional or academic publication, they wanted Culturally Modified to be accessible to anyone with an interest in culture.

And they don't think of themselves as a regional publication.

"We're based in Smithers, we're based in northern BC, we think there are some amazing opportunities for studying culture in Northern BC, but we want to take the culture of Northern BC and then connect it to what's happening culturally around the world," said Follett Hosgood.

They say they're gratified by the response and feedback they've gotten since their first issue was released online in November -- and they're hoping to continue to grow with subsequent issues.

"We're hoping to include video in upcoming editions and we think that having the ability to be online and multimedia means we can have a broader reach and be more accessible, and we can reach more remote areas," said Follett Hosgood.

The next edition of "Culturally Modified" is expected in January 2018 (corrected).