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Epcot’s Canada Pavilion Receives Two New Totem Poles

24 January 2017 No Comment

totemsEpcot’s Canada Pavilion recently had two new totem poles installed.

The new totems were created by Tsimshian artisan David Boxley who had created a totem pole for the Trading Post in the 1990s.

One of the new totems, the Eagle Totem, tells a story “in which a boy finds an eagle caught in a net on a beach and frees it. Years later, when hunger strikes the boy’s tribe, he walks on the same beach, only to find the eagle there waiting for him with food – paying him back for his kindness years ago.”

The Whale Totem Pole tells the story of the first potlach which is a ceremonial feast “celebrated by the Nagunaks and creatures of the undersea world.”

The new totem poles were dedicated over the weekend and the ceremony included a performance by the Git Hoan Dancers.


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