August 09, 2011 | Tips from Travellers >
New Hazelton, Historic & Heritage Sites
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As part of an adventure along Highway 16, I made a stop in the Hazeltons. It was a very neat sight to see with so many different stories told in the designs of the totems. Each totem was completely different and created a different feeling from viewing it.
Many of the totems there were quite old and created a feeling of history to the area. Others were fairly recent looking as their didn't seem to be as aged by the environment. These totems were all so incredibly detailed and I can only imagine what kind of time and care the artists would have had to put into the creation of them. The skill and specifically patience required for carving these must have to be tremendous in order to get them completed.
First Nations history has so many amazing stories that teach of great overcoming of obstacles and learning morals in growing up in life. The elders of these communities have a significant role in passing down the stories from one generation to the next and I believe that each and every culture should not lose their heritage and continue to maintain the learning of their cultures and heritage. Great sites like the Kispiox Totem Field are just one of many ways that these communities must maintain their heritage. These totems were an incredible sight to see and I hope one day I will be fortunate enough to be able to see the process it takes to carve them by these skilled carvers.