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Raising spirits

Wednesday November 7, 2012

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Carvers with the Northern Cultural Expressions Society spent this summer carving a 11-metre totem pole to help residential school survivors on their healing journey. The completed pole was raised in downtown Whitehorse on November 3.

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1 Master carver Wayne Price leads the crowd in a celebratory cheer before moving the totem pole to its new home at First Avenue and Main Street on Saturday morning. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News)
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2 Wayne Price seals the ashes of wood chips carrying the names of residential school survivors into the totem pole. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News)
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3 Participants line up to lift the totem pole at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News)
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4 More than 80 people carry the totem pole in its journey from the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre to First Avenue and Main Street. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News)
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5 Volunteers carry the totem pole down First Avenue. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News)
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6 The totem pole is carried down First Avenue. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News)
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7 Wayne Price directs volunteers to position at the base of the pole. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News)
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8 The raven is attached to the top of the pole. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News)
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9 Wayne Price directs the pole raising. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News)
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10 Ropes are rigged for the pole raising. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News)
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11 Carvers and volunteers use muscle power to raise the pole. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News)
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12 Raising the pole was a community effort, done without the use of machinery. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News)
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13 The raised pole looks out over the Yukon River. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News)
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14 Ropes and blankets used to lift the pole into position are removed. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News)
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15 The carvers ceremonially relinquish ownership of the pole to the public with a dance. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News)
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16 The carvers ceremonially relinquish ownership of the pole to the public with a dance. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News)
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17 Master carver Wayne Price relaxes after the pole is raised. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News)

4 Comments

DP457 wrote:
7:05pm Sunday November 25, 2012

“Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort” and “Mutual Welfare and Benefit for all.”

Mohawk915 wrote:
9:57pm Friday November 9, 2012

Absolutely Breath Taking!!!! wonderful wonderful job!!!

LTC Price wrote:
7:38pm Friday November 9, 2012

Nice work bro.  Our father, a survivor of the system would be very proud. Nicely done NCES carvers.

Anna Vasaturo wrote:
8:15pm Wednesday November 7, 2012

These photos were wonderful…....... thank you master carver… thank you all…............  xo

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