UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from GoodMinds Totem: The Return of the G'psgolox Pole is a powerful story of the Haisla and their efforts to repatriate a totem pole from Folkens Museum Ethnografiska, Sweden. Carved by Chief G'psgolox after the loss of his family due to smallpox, the pole was surreptitiously removed from its home. With the blessing of the Canadian government, the pole was taken to Sweden to be preserved in a museum in 1929. The people of the village after returning from a fishing trip learned of the theft. Years of searching located the pole in the Swedish museum in 1991. The pole had been removed from its base because the officials thought it was being neglected. They did not ask the Haisla about the traditional beliefs related to handling the pole. Haisla view totem poles as part of the natural life cycle. When the pole decays and falls it is left to return to the earth. Canadian government and museum officials view such behavior as neglect and confiscated the pole. After years of negotiations the Swedish museum agreed to return the G'psgolox Pole on the condition a suitable museum would receive it in Canada. The Haisla fulfilled their end of the bargain by creating two replica poles. One pole was created for their community as a temporary marker and the other for the museum. However the museum refuses to return this valuable pole to the Haisla. Director Gil Cardinal draws on the traditional knowledge of the Haisla and interviews both Haisla and Swedish officials. He follows the Haisla carvers to Sweden as they work as living museum exhibits to create the replica pole for the Swedes. The documentary explains the painful loss of cultural heritage as well as showing the strength of a community determined to repatriate their culture. A DVD is also available.