Posted by guest on 3rd May 2012 at 02:43 PM
Video Exclusive: Salford Totem Pole hits the road to return home
by Tom Rodgers
Salford's own totem pole has made a surprise return to its home city.
Left in storage (again) after Peel turned their Museum of Museums into a conference venue, the Salford Totem Pole was for months languishing on the wrong side of the city boundaries.
But in an encouraging move, Urban Vision today transported the 32ft cedarwood sculpture from Trafford to their depot on Swinton Hall Road, Swinton.
The Salford Totem Pole is a cultural artifact of immmense local importance - carved by Canadian Indian Chief Doug Cranmer in 1961 and positioned outside the Manchester Liners house of Salford Docks to mark the vital trading links between our city and the Chief's native Canada.
The pole was discovered in a poor state of repair in a lock-up in Broughton back in 2009 by Councillor Steve Coen and the much missed Salford council Conservation & Hertiage Officer Joe Martin.
After a year-long campaign with SalfordOnline.com, the Chief's descendents travelled thousands of miles from the west coast of British Columbia over to Salford to restore the pole to its former glory.
You can see the progress of this amazing project from discovery to completion right here in the Salford Totem Pole section.
It's thought the pole will now stay at Urban Vision's Swinton Hall Road depot for around two weeks before taking its place outside Salford Musuem and Art Gallery on The Crescent.
Soundtrack - The Salford Totem Pole song by Pete Martin
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