Aboriginal Housepost Move
n honour of BCIT’s 50th anniversary, BCIT has commissioned carver Aaron Nelson-Moody (“Splash”) to design and carve a 17’ Coast Salish house post depicting the idea of the past, present, and future for all students and staff who call the campus home. In a spirit of celebration, the BCIT house post will be designed in colours unique to the 50th anniversary year. Once completed, the carving will be raised in the lobby of the Gateway Building, SW1.

A house post is a kind of totem pole specific to the Coast Salish people. Traditionally four house posts served to support the cross beams of a longhouse. Today, house posts are carved for a variety of reasons – some families focus on carving clan symbols while others depict family stories and values that up-hold their longhouses. A similar historic tradition is the carving of a house plank, a smaller, thinner carving that could be transported or placed outside the house. Today, Coast Salish carvings are often seen free-standing to convey the idea of the larger Coast Salish territory as a house.
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