Due to structural challenges in the installation process, Huu-ayaht First Nations has decided to postpone the č̓iin̓uł (pole-unveiling) celebration
The 7,000-pound totem pole raising, scheduled for Friday, August 17 at The Motel in Bamfield, will be rescheduled for a later date, which is still to be determined. Huu-ay-aht wants to be sure that thorough engineering and proper procedure is followed before raising Master Carver George Nookemus’ latest work.
The cement has been poured and the engineering process has begun, however, this is a very large and heavy totem pole, and Huu-ay-aht First Nation does not want to leave any pieces to chance. Those involved in the raising of the pole have advised the Nation that an additional two to three weeks would allow enough time for the cement to set and for the engineers to ensure that once the pole is up it will remain standing for many years to come.
The free community event and unveiling of the totem pole will include a cultural celebration with speeches by Huu-ay-aht First Nations Hereditary and Elected Chiefs, recognition of the master carver’s work, cultural dance, and a beach barbecue. The Nation is currently waiting for confirmation from those involved in the structural aspects of the totem pole and will release a new date once it has been set.