Totem Pole Removal

This two minute video is an excerpt from an interview with the late Chief Rod Robinson, who held the Nisga’a chieftain name of Minee’eskw (the name has since been given to another chief). In it he describes what happened and how the women reacted to when totem poles were taken down and rafted down the Lisims River.

Below the video clip, there is a brief description along with a “think” bubble that poses the question, “How might this event impact the Nisga'a in the past? What about today? “

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Possible activities:

The video could be used as a vehicle for further study of and reflection on the impact of such historical events on First Nations today, to be expressed in a journal, or some other medium.

It could be a springboard for inquiry into the significance of the totems/art objects to First Nations way of life, parallels in other cultures with written histories, and implications of their loss.

It could be a springboard into a unit of study on the Nisga'a culture with a positive focus re-their efforts to reclaim their culture.