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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

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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