Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations unveil totem pole on Canada Day – Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News

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Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations unveil totem pole on Canada Day – Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News

by ahnationtalk on July 4, 202229 Views

Jul. 3, 2022

Historical July 1 ceremony took place on the shores of the Opitsaht near Tofino

Calm seas and overcast Canada Day skies welcomed family, friends and visitors to the ancient village of Opitsaht on July 1 to bear witness to a historical totem pole raising ceremony.

People started arriving at approximately 10 a.m. and the totem pole was raised at 12:05 p.m. Located across the inlet from Tofino, Opitsaht is the origin place of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation people and is only accessible by water.

Master carver Joe Martin orchestrated the pole raising, which involved a string of people tugging on three blue ropes in the front and one rope in the back, while many more pushed the 32-foot pole from behind then swiftly shovelled mounds of soil around the base to seal the foundation. Elder Levi Martin could be heard chanting throughout the entire production.

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