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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Hosaqami

THE STORY OF HOSAQAMI

In 1959, the Royal Canadian Navy, as a 50th anniversary event, commissioned artist Chief Mungo Martin to care a totem pole and gifted it to the Royal Navy in recognition of the enduring relationship between the two navies.


The pole, Hosaqami, was displayed on Whale Island in Portsmouth, England until the late 1980's, where it was severely damaged by the weather. It was sent back to Canada to see if it could be restored, but the extent of the damage was too much and Chief Tony Hunt, who assisted his father Henry Hunt and his adoptive grandfather Chief Martin in carving the original, recommended it to be returned to the earth and a replacement be carved.


The original Hosaqami was moved to the Government House grounds where it now lies. The new Hosaqami stands in front of Government House where it will remain in perpetuity.

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