A band of Indians held a special ceremony the other day at Expo '67, the World Exhibition which opens in Montreal on April 28.
A band of Indians held a special ceremony the other day at Expo '67, the World Exhibition which opens in Montreal on April 28. The occasion marked the raising of a 65 foot totem pole.
The scene was near this million dollar stylized teepee built as Canada's first inhabitants' contribution to Expo '67.....and it was here that Pacific Coast Indians from British Columbia gathered to perform songs and dances during the officials unveiling of the totem pole.
The eight ton pole was carved 3000 miles away on Vancouver Island by Kwakiutl (say: Kwah-kee-yew-tul) Indians, and is one of the finest products of a vanishing art.
On a bright winter day Indian and white dignitaries watched as dancers wearing traditional costumes performed an ancient ceremony invoking the blessings of the great spirit to ensure the success of their Pavilion and the World Exhibition.
This was the first time that Pacific Coast Indians had ever performed in the East, and local Indians often seemed as mystified by it all as white reporters covering the event.
Indian leaders hope that the pavilion will help to end this kind of regional isolation by serving as a focal point for all Indians....at least during the six months of Expo '67.