Totem Poles Photos - Gitanyow was formerly named Kitwancool. The band government changed its name from the Kitwancool Indian Band to the Gitanyow Indian Band in 1991. New Aiyansh, Northern British Columbia, Canada, First Nation Stock Photos - PhotosCanada.com Gallery

Totem Poles Photos - Gitanyow was formerly named Kitwancool. The band government changed its name from the Kitwancool Indian Band to the Gitanyow Indian Band in 1991. New Aiyansh, Northern British Columbia, Canada, First Nation Stock Photos

Gitanyow (Kitwanyou)" Hole in the Ice" Totem Pole, Nass Valley, Northern British Columbia, Canada CM11-07

Gitanyow (Kitwanyou)" Hole in the Ice" Totem Pole, Nass Valley, Northern British Columbia, Canada CM11-07

Description : Times and totems have changed since Emily Carr visited this northwestern village.

Each summer, visitors flood northwestern B.C.s small Gitxsan village of Gitanyow (pop. 450). Some 20,000 of them -- in buses, minivans, and RVs -- come to view the Pacific Northwest,s largest concentration of Gyetim Gan: totem poles.

They follow in the footsteps of B.C. painter and author Emily Carr, who journeyed here by wagon in 1928 to capture what she thought was a vanishing art form. There are now 33 Gyetim Gan in Gitanyow. Some, such as the famous Hole in the Ice, are more than a century old; others are new replicas of ancient poles.

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