Language pole

September 19, 2021

Language Revitalization Pole

Language Pole

With thanks to many

On Saturday, September 18/21 the Language Revitalization Pole dream came to be. The pole crafted by Nuu-Chah-Nulth world-renowned artist Master Carver Tim Paul was created out of a fallen tree located in Huu-ay-aht Territory near Anacla BC. The tree had fallen more than 100 years ago after looking over the lands, the water and the people for at least 8 centuries. Pulled out of the forest and transported to Port Alberni the once majestic tree was transformed by Tim and others of similar talent, to depict the past, the present and the future for all walks of life. This pole now stands on the Nuu-Chah-Nulth territory in a location that will ensure that many can enjoy its presence. Visible from the land and from the water along the pristine waterfront of the Somass River we all thank the so many that have dedicated so much time and energy to this project. The final steps were assured when the Canadian Council for the Arts contributed a significant sum of money to complete the project and ensure that the artists were properly compensated for their years' long efforts. The pole is now protected by the good folks at the San Group who not only contributed extensively to the installation and long term security for the pole.

Wonderful event attended by many. On behalf of the Alberni Valley Chamber representing the BC Chamber of Commerce - a major sponsor of the project we stand by with those who tend the lands that we so enjoy. Thank you Tseshaht First Nation, thank you Hupacasath First Nation, thank you Huu-ay-aht First Nation who helped get this going, thank you Canadian Arts Council, thank you City of Port Alberni, thank you The San Group, thank you Maritime Discovery Centre for contributing the space for the project development, thank you the many sponsors along the way and most of all thank you Master Carver Tim Paul and your associates for this wonderful addition to our community, your community.

Read more about the pole here: You'll find an explanation of each component, what it means and how all should interpret it.

One of many Videos about the project: