SPOTLIGHT on Traditional and

Totem Pole Restoration Project

Celebrating A Community Effort
November 3, 2001 Unveiling Ceremony

Pictured below is Leslie McGarry, Victoria Native Friendship Centre and
Master Seaman, Master Carver Vern Point and
Victoria Mayor Allan Lowe and Rear-Admiral Jamie Fraser
(in the background is the base of the world's tallest free-standing totem pole)

More than seven thousand hours of restoration work.
500 board feet of new cedar and 55 gallons of new paint.

Restoration of the Mungo Martin Totem Pole
Victoria, British Columbia
September 6th, 2001
Dear Tehaliwaskenhas-Bob Kennedy

Please find attached some photos of the Mungo Martin Totem Pole being worked on by a member of the Canadian Navy, Master Seaman Vern Point. The photos were taken by Ed Dixon of Images Services at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt.

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Master Seaman Point is a Hull Technician at Maritime Forces Pacific. He is a member of Chehailis, First Nations and a Master Carver. He was seconded to the refurbishment project in the spring of 2001 due to his skills, and the Navy's commitment to the local community.

The Mungo Martin totem was dedicated on July 2, 1956 in Beacon Hill Park of Victoria, BC. At 38.8 metres tall, it is the largest freestanding totem pole in the world. Due to weather elements and natural decay of the cedar pole, it was taken down in November of 2000.

As depicted in the photos, Master Seaman Point is working on the beak. The 8-foot cedar beak replaces the original one and will eventually be re-inserted into the pole and painted in the original colour scheme.

I hope that the photos and information will be of use to you, should you require any further information, please contact me at 250-363-2013.
Andria Ink
Lieutenant Navy
Navy Public Affairs

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