Totem: The Return of the G’psgolox Pole

Director: Gil Gardinal (Métis) Year: 2003 Run Time: 70min
Totem: The Return of the G’psgolox Pole (2003)

In 1929, the Haisla people of British Columbia returned from a fishing trip to find their tribe’s nine-metre mortuary pole — otherwise known as the G’psgolox — missing, severed at the base. The pole’s fate was a mystery for over 60 years until it surfaced in a Stockholm museum, where members of the Haisla Nation journeyed to in order to get it back in 1991.

Mixing interviews, location photography and awesome footage of Haisla carvers, this unique documentary takes an incredible story and weaves in important commentary on the issue of cultural appropriation and art history.


Gil Gardinal (Métis)


Gil Gardinal (Métis)


Jerry Krepakevich, Graydon McCrea, Bonnie Thompson






Totem: The Return of the G’psgolox Pole is filmed and set in British Columbia. Gil Cardinal is from Alberta.

Ratings by Province:

NR Alberta
NR British Columbia
G Manitoba
NR New Brunswick
NR Newfoundland and Labrador
NR Nova Scotia
NR Northwest Territories
NR Nunavut
14A Ontario
NR Prince Edward Island
G Québec
NR Saskatchewan
NR Yukon