Four carvers selected to create two totem poles at university

Mon. May. 12/14

Four carvers representing three area First Nations have been selected to create two 10-metre totem poles for the entrance of Vancouver Island University's Gathering Place (Shq'aphut).

George Hunt Jr., who is Kwakwaka'wakw, Owaya Sam of Ahousaht and Noel Brown and Thomas Jones, both Snuneymuxw, will start work carving two donated red cedar logs later this spring.

The VIUSU has reportedly budgeted $50,000 for the project, expected to be finished in late October.

VIUSU chairwoman Sherry McCarthy said carving will take place under tents next to the Gathering Place and the public will have a chance to view the carvings in mid-summer.

University students will now continue to fundraise to pay for a third totem pole.

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2014-05-12T00:00:00

Four carvers representing three area First Nations have been selected to create two 10-metre totem poles for the entrance of Vancouver Island University's Gathering Place (Shq'aphut).

George Hunt Jr., who is Kwakwaka'wakw, Owaya Sam of Ahousaht and Noel Brown and Thomas Jones, both Snuneymuxw, will start work carving two donated red cedar logs later this spring.

The VIUSU has reportedly budgeted $50,000 for the project, expected to be finished in late October.

VIUSU chairwoman Sherry McCarthy said carving will take place under tents next to the Gathering Place and the public will have a chance to view the carvings in mid-summer.

University students will now continue to fundraise to pay for a third totem pole.