The Rematriation of the Ni’isjoohl Memorial Pole

Museums and Chill by International Council of Museums

Episode notes

In this episode of Museums and Chill, we welcome Sigidimnak’ Noxs Ts’aawit, Dr. Amy Parent and Barbara Fillion to talk about the rematriation of the House of Ni’isjoohl memorial pole.The House of Ni’isjoohl memorial pole makes its way home from Scotland as the first totem pole rematriated from the United Kingdom.

The rematriation of the pole is the result of a year-long discussion and close collaboration between the Nisg̱a’a Nation and the National Museum of Scotland.

The term “rematriation” reframes the concept of “repatriation” by grounding the process of recovering belongings in Indigenous law — and is more closely in alignment with Nisg̱a’a matrilineal society.Witness history unfold as this memorial pole returns home, marking a p ... 

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