The Museum at Campbell River, in partnership with the Campbell River
FestIval of Film, present a showing of the latest addition to the Museum’s
“Living History” documentary film series, Learning from the Master; The
Legacy of Sam Henderson.

In an understated shed on Campbell River’s waterfront, a family
tradition of carving is being passed from one generation to another.
Kwakwaka’wakw master carver, Sam Henderson carved the Kwakiutl
Bear Pole in 1966 as part of the B.C. Centennial Route of the Totems.
The pole stood in Campbell River for over 50 years. Gradually the
forces of time and the weathering effects of the elements caused it
to decay beyond repair. This documentary follows his son, Bill
Henderson, and grandson, Junior Henderson, as they create a new
replacement pole for the grounds of the Museum at Campbell River.

From the ceremonial burning of the old pole, to the blessing of the
new pole, hear directly from the next generations of carvers about
family, tradition, and the art of “making wood speak”.

The film will be shown on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7pm at
the Tidemark Theatre. After the film, the carvers will be on hand to answer

Tickets are $8 and are available through the Tidemark Theatre box office,, or by calling 250-287-PINK.