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New Totem Poles at Epcot’s Canada Pavilion

The Canada pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase has two new additions — two new totem poles.

Designed by Tsimshian artisan David Boxley, the totems tell some of Boxley’s favorite childhood tales.

From the Disney Parks Blog

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The Eagle Totem Pole tells one of Boxley’s favorite cultural tales, in which a boy finds an eagle caught in a net on a beach and frees it. Years later, when hunger strikes the boy’s tribe, he walks on the same beach, only to find the eagle there waiting for him with food – paying him back for his kindness years ago. The bottom of this totem pole also tells the story of how a family of beaver taught a human family the importance of treating all creatures – human and animal – with respect. The Whale Totem Pole depicts the tale of the first potlatch, a ceremonial feast celebrated by the Nagunaks and creatures of the undersea world.

A dedication ceremony was held that included a performance by the Git-Hoan Dancers.

[Photo Credit: Disney]

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