Cinema and Representation
This theme focuses on the ways in which Aboriginal peoples have been represented in NFB documentaries. Film excerpts illustrate how the representation of Aboriginal peoples has evolved over the last fifty years.
Totem: The Return of the G'psgolox Pole
2003, Director: Cardinal, Gil
excerpt 1 4 min 58 s
1. What legal and ethical arguments were put forward regarding the repatriation of the G’psgolox pole? Explore both perspectives; that of the Swedish government and the Haisla and Henaaksiala people of Kitamaat, British Columbia.
2. What analogy making reference to the preservation of a Swedish warship does Gerald Amos of Kitamaat use to further the cause of repatriating the totem pole? Why was this strategy successful?
In 1929, the G’psgolox, a funerary totem pole belonging to the Haisla people, was cut down and transported to Europe. It was discovered in a Swedish museum in 1991. The film recounts the efforts of members of the Haisla Nation from the village of Kitamaat to recuperate the sacred object.