Totem. National Film Board of Canada presents ; director, Gil Cardinal ; narration script, Gil Cardinal ; producer, Bonnie Thompson, Jerry D. Krepakevich. The return of the G'psgolox pole /

In 1929, the Haisla people of northwestern British Columbia returned from a fishing trip to find a 9-metre-high totem pole, known as the G'psgolox pole, severed at the base and removed from their village. The fate of the 19th-century pole remained unknown to the Haisla for over sixty years. Dir...

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Main Author: Cardinal, Gil, (Screenwriter)
Format: Video
Language:English
Published: [Montréal, Québec] : [Distributed by] National Film Board of Canada, [2018]
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Summary:In 1929, the Haisla people of northwestern British Columbia returned from a fishing trip to find a 9-metre-high totem pole, known as the G'psgolox pole, severed at the base and removed from their village. The fate of the 19th-century pole remained unknown to the Haisla for over sixty years. Director Gil Cardinal reveals the Haisla's 1991 discovery of the pole in a Stockholm museum, where it is considered state property by the Swedish government. From the lush rainforest near Kitamaat Village, BC, to the National Museum of Ethnography in Sweden, the documentary traces the fascinating journey of the Haisla to reclaim the traditional mortuary pole. Bringing to light a powerful story of cultural rejuvenation, the film raises provocative questions about the ownership and meaning of Aboriginal objects held in museums. Cardinal skilfully layers compelling interviews, striking imagery and rare footage of master carvers as they create a replica pole. The Haisla have fulfilled a promise to the museum to replace the original totem. Now, having honoured their end of the bargain, they await the return of the G'psgolox pole.
Item Description:Title from title frames.
Originally produced by: National Film Board of Canada, ©2003; previously released in 2004.
Physical Description:1 streaming video file (70 min.) : digital, sound, color.
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Production Credits:Editor/associate director, Marke Slipp ; director of cinematography, Daron Donahue ; original music, Clode Hamelin.
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