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Totem Pole to be Returned in June

Published fredag 18 november 2005 kl 11.26

Funding has finally been found to send Stockholm’s totem pole back to British Columbia.

The Haisla Indians and the Swedish authorities reached an agreement in 1994 that the pole would be returned once a museum was built to house it.  But the tribe hasn’t been able to afford to build a suitable center.

On Thursday the Swedish government agreed to make 25,000 US dollars available to cover the cost of returning the totem pole. The handover is expected to be made in June.

While it was originally cut down without permission and sent here a local Swedish consul in 1929, the Haisla have admitted that left in its original location, the pole would have rotted away decades ago. The tribe has already made a modern substitute to replace the original totem pole, which is at Stockholm’s Ethnographic Museum.

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