Gitwangak Totem Poles

Following their move from Gitwangak Battle Hill to this village about 1835, members of the Frog-Raven (Ganada), Eagle (Laxskik) and Wolf (Laxgibu) clans commemorated their history in a series of carved house poles. The Fireweed (Gisgast) clan joined the village later.

Totem poles continued to be erected at potlatches in this village in spite of federal anti-potlatch laws, from 1874 to 1954.

Although the remaining poles have been moved several times to protect them from floods, they represent the oldest collection to be found in their original village context anywhere in British Columbia.

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