Marie Michael Library
Totem: The Return of the G'psgolox Pole
In 1929, the Haisla people of northwestern British Columbia discovered a totem pole, known as the G'psgolox pole, had been removed from their village. In 1991 the pole was discovered in a Stockholm museum. This documentary traces the journey of the Haisla to reclaim the traditional mortuary pole. The film raises questions about the ownership and meaning of Aboriginal objects held in museums. The Haisla have fulfilled a promise to the museum to replace the original totem and they await the return of the G'psgolox pole.