• Short Summary

    At the Legislative Buildings in Victoria, British Columbia, was held today the colourful send-off of a gift for Queen Elizabeth to celebrate the centenary British Columbia is now enjoying - a totem pole one hundred feet long, carved especially for the queen by Chief Mungo Martin from a 600 year old cedar tree.

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    At the Legislative Buildings in Victoria, British Columbia, was held today the colourful send-off of a gift for Queen Elizabeth to celebrate the centenary British Columbia is now enjoying - a totem pole one hundred feet long, carved especially for the queen by Chief Mungo Martin from a 600 year old cedar tree.

    Chief Mungo Martin heads one of the North Vancouver Island tribes of the well-known Kwakiutl confederacy, and has carved this totem pole in the heraldic tradition. Scenes from the lives of the tribes depict a continuous story of the growth of the Indian Nation the Kwakiutl.

    More symbolic of the immense love the population of Canada and British Columbia feels for Queen Elizabeth is the 'copper' which Chief Mungo Martin gave with the totem pole. The Copper is an Indian's most prized possession. Up to 18 inches long and 12 inches across the 'copper' is carved from crude metal and carries according to the standards of Indian heraldic symbolism scenes from the life of the tribe. Sometimes the 'copper' has a name of its own, but always it is the symbol of tribal power and wealth in the Indian heirachy - to 'break a copper' is the expression they use for an ostentatious show of wealth.

    In presenting his 'copper' to Queen Elizabeth Chief Mungo Martin has demonstrated without need for words the allegiance and affection of all his people for Queen Elizabeth.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5UDJBY95AFSG3945FHIC89WRZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA5UDJBY95AFSG3945FHIC89WRZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/05/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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