King George V tribute pole at Kingcome Inlet

King George V tribute pole at Kingcome Inlet

King George V tribute pole at Kingcome Inlet

Erected in 1938 following the death of King George V, this pole in the Kingcome Inlet village of Gwa’yi (Okwunalis) pays tribute to the popular monarch. The pole is unusual because crests belonging to 4 different First Nations are represented on it - Tsawatainuk, Haxwa’mis, Kwiksootainuk and Gwawa’enuxw. Although descriptive information on the pole is not available, the Thunderbird on top of the pole may be Who gla gha neese, a supernatural bird that made its home on the top of Mt. Stephens in McKenzie Sound. Below is a wolf, possibly Kawadilikala, an ancestor of the Tsawatainuk. The human figure represented at the bottom of the pole is probably Kwiksootainuk ancestor, T’sekame (Head Winter Dancer). The Mission house visible behind the pole collapsed under the weight of heavy snow c. 1948. The mountain behind is called “Whopt’s”, or noisy mountain because of the frequent snow slides on its slopes.

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