Indigenous artist carves 7 foot totem to reignite his heritage

Haida/Nisga’a artist worked six weeks to construct totem pole

Danielle Rochette
APTN National News

Luke Parnell is a passionate sculptor.

Originally from the Haida and Nisga’a cultures, he was invited to be an Artist in Residence at the Stewart Hill Art Gallery in Pointe-Claire, near Montreal.

During his six-week residency, he created a 7-foot tall totem pole as a symbol of his heritage. But the totem pole is only part of the project.

Cutting it in half, and burning a piece, is the final touch.

APTN’s Danielle Rochette has more.

 

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