Mar 23, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Totem: The Return of the G’psgolox Pole (2003 | 1 h 10 min), by Gil Cardinal
This feature-length documentary traces the journey of the Haisla people to reclaim the G’psgolox totem pole that went missing from their British Columbia village in 1929. The fate of the 19th century traditional mortuary pole remained unknown for over 60 years until it was discovered in a Stockholm museum where it is considered state property by the Swedish government. Director Gil Cardinal combines interviews, striking imagery and rare footage of master carvers to raise questions about ownership and the meaning of Aboriginal objects held in museums.
Totem: Return and Renewal (2007 | 23 min), by Gil Cardinal
In his 2003 NFB film Totem: the Return of the G’psgolox Pole, filmmaker Gil Cardinal documented the struggle of the Haisla people of British Columbia to recover a traditional mortuary totem pole. This half-hour documentary follows the events of the final journey of the G’psgolox Pole as it returns home to Kitamaat and the Haisla people.
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