In June 2019, we were very pleased to welcome Calvin Hunt, his wife Marie and several members of his tribe known as Copper Maker Dancers to Alnoba to bless the Totem Pole shortly after it was raised. 150 people attended this special event in the open field. After their first dance and chant, we all remained in silent, respectful awe. Then Calvin simply said, “clapping allowed” and we broke into a loud, lingering show of gratitude for the performance and then when invited, the whole audience joined in the dance! Alnoba was alive that afternoon!
Through symbolic crests and figures, the pole tells the story of the Kwakwaka’wakw ancestors. Calvin’s tribe originated in West coast of British Columbia tribe and believe they are truly blessed to have their culture preserved despite attempts by the Canadian government. Through symbolic crests and figures, the pole tells the story of the Kwakwaka’wakw ancestors. The eagle at the very top, sacred and believed to have healing powers, represents the highest ranking clan. The killer whale also has special significance as a facilitator of travel and adventure. Other carvings symbolize power and protection, as well as a call for balance in one’s life.