The Gitselasu invites the public to witness the raising of the “Dog Salmon” Pole this Sunday , Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. at the Kitselas Canyon National Historical Site.
This event signifies the completion of a series of poles and will be the last opportunity for the public to participate in such an occasion at the canyon site for some time.
As in previous years, the pole raising will feature a traditional ceremony, dancing and salmon barbecue.
Audience participation will be critical to moving and raising the pole – an experience not to be missed.
“The Gitselasu have a story called ‘The Prince who was taken by the Spring Salmon’”, says Canyon Development Coordinator, Web Bennett, “this pole depicts the story of a Prince who is taken into the world of the Spring Salmon and taught the protocol for harvesting salmon to ensure their continued return the next year.”
The pole design is based on an original pole that was located in the ancient village of Gitsaex. Master Carver Stan Bevan along with Kitselas carvers Darren Bolton and Brian McKee have been working steadily on the project since early spring.
The Kitselas Canyon National Historic Site is located 18 km east of Terrace or is an approximate 15-minute drive. Signs are posted to mark the turn-off.
The public is welcomed to explore the site and the nearby interpretive trail that leads to a look-out platform offering a spectacular view of the canyon.
Copies of the book ‘Men of Medeek’ that details the oral history of the Gitselasu will be available for sale. The site is in the final stages of development with an official opening planned for 2012.