Totem: Return and Renewal

Totem: Return and Renewal
In his 2003 NFB film Totem: the Return of the G'psgolox Pole, filmmaker Gil Cardinal documented the struggle of the Haisla people of British Columbia to recover a traditional mortuary totem pole. Despite great efforts, the Haisla were unable to repatriate the pole from the Swedish museum in Stockholm where it was housed. In 2007, however, the Swedish museum quickly decided to return the pole to its rightful owners. This half-hour documentary follows the events of the final journey of the G¿psgolox Pole as it returns home to Kitamaat and the Haisla people.
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Main credits

Cardinal, Gil (film director)
Cardinal, Gil (screenwriter)
Cardinal, Gil (narrator)
Thompson, Bonnie (film producer)

Other credits

Editor, Michel Lalonde; director of cinematography, Daron Donahue; original music, Clode Hamelin.


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Distributor subjects

Indigenous Peoples in Canada - British Columbia, Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Visual Arts and Architecture, Indigenous Studies - History/Politics, Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society, Arts - Art Galleries and Museums, Foreign Countries - Europe, Social Studies - Social History, Visual Arts - Indigenous Art, Visual Arts - Carving and Sculpture, Documentary

Keywords

Indigenous Peoples in Canada - British Columbia, Indigenous Peoples in Canada - Visual Arts and Architecture, Indigenous Studies - History/Politics, Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society, Arts - Art Galleries and Museums, Foreign Countries - Europe, Social Studies - Social History, Visual Arts - Indigenous Art, Visual Arts - Carving and Sculpture, Documentary; "Totem: Return and Renewal"; National Film Board of Canada