One Dish One Mic (JULY 30) Bruce Alfred Totem pole carver from Klakwaklwak


The totem pole was commissioned in 1966 by the late Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw artist, Doug Cranmer from Alert Bay, B.C. who was renowned for his unique style of west coast Indigenous art. The 40-foot totem pole was installed the following year in celebration of Canada’s centennial. Due to weather and seasonal effects, the natural materials of the totem pole were showing signs of stress after being on display for over 50 years. Three Indigenous artists, Bruce Alfred, Cole Speck and Dominique Wells, who have been working diligently to restore the 55-year-old totem pole which normally stands prominently in the middle of Richard Pierpoint Park. Bruce joins Karl for the show.