Totem (Right of Return)

Totem (Right of Return)
2021
21.5 x 4 x 4 inches
used permanent marker, rusted used spray paint can, steel epoxy, milled brick
Reverence to a sacred totem pole taken from the Nuxalk Nation in the early 1900’s. The long house entrance po

le is currently on display at the Royal British Columbia Museum. Descendants of its carver, Chief Snuxyaltwa (whose spirit is said to be in the totem), are still petitioning for its rightful return to the Nuxalkmc people.