Friday, May 16, 2008

Cowichan 2008 Spirit Pole

I drove out to the Sumas Community Hall today to take part in the Spirit Pole tour and be a carver. I was given a red ribbon and my shavings in an envelope. Bus loads of school kids waited in line to get onto the trailer that housed the Spirit Pole and have a chance to carve the 20' red cedar log. This is a first and a big undertaking to tour BC. Fort St James will be the farthest North it will go. From Prince Rupert they are putting the pole in a large canoe, paddling to Cowichan Bay where it will be part of the opening ceremonies for the North American Indigenous Games on August 3-10. The log was donated by the Skwxu7mesh Uxwumixw (Squamish Nation) from the sacred Village of Stanley Park. This is a most wonderful thing capturing the spirit and imaginations of people across British Columbia bringing them together in the form of a beautiful Spirit Pole, This Pole will have special memories for years to come.

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