Totem: The Return of the G'psgolox Pole

Totem: The Return of the G'psgolox Pole

                                Totem: The Return of the G'psgolox Pole
| 1 h 10 min

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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 Indigenous objects held in museums.

In this film, the Haisla of Kitamaat Village, B.C., tell the story of their efforts to reclaim a cultural heirloom: a mortuary totem pole taken from their ancestral lands, eventually discovered in a museum in Stockholm, Sweden. In broadcasts of the film on Swedish television the Haisla Aboriginal voice was heard and responded to. The people of Sweden put pressure on both the museum and the Swedish government to return the pole. [The pole’s return is documented in the follow-up film, Totem: Return and Renewal.]

Gil Cardinal
De la sélection : The Aboriginal Voice: the National Film Board and Aboriginal Filmmaking through the Years

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Totem: The Return of the G'psgolox Pole, Gil Cardinal, offert par l'Office national du film du Canada

Largeur de la vidéo :

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  • réalisateur
    Gil Cardinal
  • None
    Gil Cardinal
    Daron Donahue
    Bridget Toms
  • monteur
    Marke Slipp
  • directeur adjoint
    Marke Slipp
  • caméra additionnelle
    Arthur Mercredi
    Stan Jackson
  • preneur de son
    Stan Jackson
    Randy McKenzie
  • musique originale
    Clode Hamelin
  • musicien
    Clode Hamelin
    Michel Dubeau
  • mixage musique
    Robert Heaney
  • montage son
    Downy Karvonen
    Jerry Krepakevich
  • mixage son
    Kelly Cole
    Iain Pattison
  • montage en ligne
    Kevin House
  • coloration
    Joe Owens
  • assistant de production
    Claudette Breton
  • commis
    Ginette D'Silva
  • superviseur de production
    Kelly Isaac
  • administrateur de programme
    Darin Clausen
    Margaret Smith
  • producteur
    Bonnie Thompson
    Jerry Krepakevich
  • producteur exécutif
    Graydon McCrea

  • JRobertson

    My son was inspired by his Great Uncle Henry Robertson who carved the replicas of the G'psgolox pole for Sweden and Kitamaat people. We have lost our history but with the G'psgolox pole being return it brings hope to the children. My son, Tysone, is carving his first pole in sr.woodworking classroom along with the support of his senior woodworking teacher. He has watched this video and is now more then ever determined to be a carver like his Uncles and Great,Great grandfather and with this learn about himself,his culture and ancestors.

    JRobertson, 28 Jan 2011