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House post returning to First Nation after 138 years, and decades in Harvard storage – The Toronto Star

by ahnationtalk on February 2, 202320 Views

Feb. 2, 2023

VANCOUVER – In the 138 years since an Indigenous house post was chopped down and ordered burned by missionaries, it was sold under duress, damaged and displayed as a historic oddity, donated to a museum, then packed away in storage for decades.

Nowthe long-house post, which has “incredible” cultural value for the Gitxaala Nation on British Columbia’s northern coast, is on its way home.

The black and red, three-metre-tall, 180-kilogram house post has been shipped from Harvard University in Massachusetts and is expected to arrive in Prince Rupert next month.

The post depicts a grizzly bear of the sea and her cubs, which are the two main crests of the house within the nation.

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