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| 11 min

This short film from 1944 presents the totem pole to a general audience, explaining its significance and how it fits into Indigenous culture. It was filmed in British Columbia, where these monuments, witnesses to an ancient and powerful culture, watch over us.

This film is over 70 years old and should be viewed with an understanding that it is an uncensored historical document of its time.

  • director
    Laura Boulton
  • producer
    Laura Boulton
  • photography
    Leroy Robbins
  • associate editor
    Werner Van Horne
  • consultant
    Marius Barbeau


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