Pole being carved at GM Dawson

  • Apr. 28, 2008 7:00 p.m.

Submitted by the school–On the grounds of George M. Dawson Secondary school is a tarped shelter where carver Donnie Edenshaw is leading a group of students in carving a 12′ red cedar pole. The chips are piling up! Erica Stocker, Jeff Williams, Skyler Collison, Jeremy White and Greg Brown are eager to pick up the adzes, slicks, chisels, and knives any chance they get. There’s nothing like hands-on learning and we are very fortunate to have such a talented teacher.Emerging from the wood is the Raven (Guud). It’s the first of two poles planned, the other being the Eagle (Yaahl). Jaalen Edenshaw was originally commissioned for this project but brought on Donnie when he had to step aside due to other commitments.The vision is to eventually install these poles as part of a new Haida longhouse style entrance to the school. We are hoping to have the first pole completed by the end of June.This project is made possible by the funds provided from school district 50’s Role Model Program and a grant from Artstarts in Vancouver.