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The circle of life....we are all one!
This is a pretty busy week on Haida Gwaii, with the returning of the name "Queen Charlotte Islands" to the Crown (Canadian Government) on Thursday officially returning these islands to their original name, the returning of a totem pole from Jasper, Alberta which was removed from the islands in 1931, the raising of six (6) totem poles (including the returned one) on Saturday and the celebration of National Aboriginal Day and the first day of summer on Monday, June 21.
DFO is the Department of Fisheries!
The artist is Tsimshian from the Terrace, BC area and his work is truly remarkable. I can interpret some of it but not all....I would love to meet the artist so he could share his story.
Some of his designs are so very obvious
I wish I knew what this meant
and others you have to think about.
The butterfly represents the wandering or lost spirits of those who died at war or away from home.
Some tell the First Nations story,
The missionaries had the First Nations cut down and burn their totem poles.
and some tells ours.
Many chinese immigrants were brought to Canada to build the railway.
Some you just have to wonder about.
This one I can't begin to explain but it absolutely captivates me.(make sure you enlarge)
Spirits leaving(note the detail in the smoke of the long houses)
The wolf and the raven (note the detail in the mountains and the grass is real!)
The mighty bald eagle.
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