Roberta Williams dances the Paddle Dance at the Cape Scott Wind Farm totem blessing ceremony.

Pole position

Blessing ceremony held for Cape Scott Wind Farm totem pole this week.

KNOB HILL—The newest monolith was unveiled at the Cape Scott Wind Farm this week as a blessing ceremony was held for a totem pole erected on site.

The pole is the co-creation of renowned Kwakiutl carvers Stan Hunt and Mervyn Child.

Hunt explained at the ceremony that the piece was in three parts, the primary figure a black bear in recognition of the bears that roam the area. It stands over a Hawkman Sun Figure. “I just learned that the wind comes from the sun,” explained Hunt, “so that represents that: the sun powers all this,” he said gesturing to the turbines.

Hunt explained that the third figure, on the back of the piece, was a tribute to his father. “Without him I wouldn’t be here, so I try and include him in all my pieces.”

Following the ceremony, a group of local schoolchildren performed a series of dances to close out the event.

 

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