Monuments of Ancient Cedar

Above: Nuxalkmc and a monumental ancient cedar tree in Nuxalk Territory. In his diary on 18 July 1793, Alexander Mackenzie described the remarkable carved longhouse pillars (one of four classes of totem poles) he observed in the Bella Coola Valley: "the sculpture of these people is superior."

Left: A Nuxalk longhouse photographed in 1895 in the Nuxalk village of Q'umk'uts' located at the mouth of the Bella Coola River. Such magnificent structures were constructed with exceptionally wide cedar boards, which were a prized possession passed from generation to generation. Today our chiefs are calling for the preservation of the remaining big cedars.

Ximkila – Dawn of a New Day

Above: A huge log from an ancient cedar tree outside the carving studio of Silyas.

Above: A young Nuxalk apprentice carver to Silyas stripping the bark in preparation for carving.

House of Noomst

Nuxalk Spoon Canoes

Old Nuxalk Band Office Poles

Acwsalcta School Totem Pole 2007

Right: 40 ft high totem pole at the Acwsalcta School. It was carved from a 600 year old cedar tree by Alvin Mack and his son Lyle and raised in 2007.


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