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A totem pole has been restored and rededicated at Cultus Lake in honor of the late Chief Richard Malloway

This totem pole was rededicated to the late Chief Richard Malloway outside the Cultus Lake Park Board Office on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Glenn Mulroway speaks at a totem pole rededication in honor of his grandfather, the late Chief Richard Mulroway, outside the Board Offices at Cultus Lake Park, Tuesday, September 20, 2022 . (Jenna Hawke/Chilliwack Progress)Glenn Mulroway speaks at a totem pole rededication in honor of his grandfather, the late Chief Richard Mulroway, outside the Board Offices at Cultus Lake Park, Tuesday, September 20, 2022 . (Jenna Hawke/Chilliwack Progress)
Mayor Dalton Silver at a totem pole rededication ceremony in honor of his grandfather, the late Mayor Richard Malloway, outside the Board Office at Cultus Lake Park on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. smile. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)Mayor Dalton Silver at a totem pole rededication ceremony in honor of his grandfather, the late Mayor Richard Malloway, outside the Board Office at Cultus Lake Park on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. smile. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Family and friends will sing at this totem pole rededication in honor of the late Chief Richard Malloway outside the Cultus Lake Park Board Office on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)Family and friends will sing at this totem pole rededication in honor of the late Chief Richard Malloway outside the Cultus Lake Park Board Office on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
This totem pole was rededicated to the late Chief Richard Malloway outside the Cultus Lake Park Board Office on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)This totem pole was rededicated to the late Chief Richard Malloway outside the Cultus Lake Park Board Office on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

The recently restored totem pole, installed 30 years ago in Cultus Lake, once again stands as a sentinel in honor of the late Stó:lō leader.

On Tuesday, people gathered outside the board offices of Cultus Lake Park for the rededication of Chief Richard Malloway’s totem pole.

The 30-foot tall pole was first carved in Duncan, British Columbia, by Dr. Francis Horn Sr., who now lives in Chilliwack. The cedar tree was selected within Cultus Lake Park in 1992.

The Totem Pole was a joint effort between the First Nations, Cultus Lake Park Board (clearing of trees, site and totem foundation approval) and Canadian Military Base Chilliwack (transportation of pole) and was roped off on June 6, 1992. It was raised in the traditional way using It hosts the Cultus Lake Indian Festival, now known as the Water Sports Festival.

In January 2022, the park board approved a recommendation to restore the totem pole.

Once again, Horn set about restoring the pole with the help of his family.

This totem pole was rededicated to the late Chief Richard Malloway outside the Cultus Lake Park Board Office on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

This totem pole was rededicated to the late Chief Richard Malloway outside the Cultus Lake Park Board Office on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

On September 20, family, friends and dignitaries appreciated Chief Malloway, whose totem pole was again dedicated.

“One of Grandpa’s first lessons was kindness,” said Glenn Malloway, grandson of Chief Malloway.

He said, “He played a big role, not just for our Chilliwack people, but for people across Canada, in making it possible to bring our traditions back to our people. Because we were fighting for our dance rights.

“His generosity and his maintenance of the Winter Spirit Dance, which was banned by the government’s anti-potlatch law for decades, earned him respect among the Stó:lō.

Chief Malloway – whose traditional name is Th’eláchiyatel – spent much of his time building and maintaining relationships with indigenous and non-indigenous peoples of the Sardis region, helping people wherever he went, including the homeless. .

Renwick said he was a “devoted” family member. Chief Malloway died in 1987 at the age of 79, leaving behind 36 grandchildren and his 32 great-grandchildren.

Five years after his death, the totem pole was carved by Horn, a self-taught and world-famous Coast Salish master carver.

“We are delighted to have him not only as the original sculptor, but as the sculptor who was able to restore this monument,” said Renwick.

The totem pole is carved with four figures (see detailed photo below).

“There is a raven representing the late Chief Richard Malloway. The second is a woman holding a baby eagle representing the Cultus Lake Park Board. The third is a man holding a child representing Chief Richard Malloway as a family. is a grizzly bear that stands for strength and power,” Renwick said.

This totem pole was rededicated to the late Chief Richard Malloway outside the Cultus Lake Park Board Office on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. Above is a raven representing the late Chief Richard Malloway. The second is a woman holding a baby eagle representing the Cultus Lake Park Board. (Jenna Hawke/Chilliwack Progress)

This totem pole was rededicated to the late Chief Richard Malloway outside the Cultus Lake Park Board Office on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. Above is a raven representing the late Chief Richard Malloway. The second is a woman holding a baby eagle representing the Cultus Lake Park Board. (Jenna Hawke/Chilliwack Progress)

This totem pole was rededicated to the late Chief Richard Malloway on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, outside the Board Office at Cultus Lake Park. (Jenna Hawke/Chilliwack Progress)

This totem pole was rededicated to the late Chief Richard Malloway on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, outside the Board Office at Cultus Lake Park. (Jenna Hawke/Chilliwack Progress)

This totem pole was re-dedicated to the late Chief Richard Malloway on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, outside the Board Office at Cultus Lake Park. His fourth number on the totem pole is a grizzly bear, which stands for strength and power. (Jenna Hawke/Chilliwack Progress)

This totem pole was re-dedicated to the late Chief Richard Malloway on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, outside the Board Office at Cultus Lake Park. His fourth number on the totem pole is a grizzly bear, which stands for strength and power. (Jenna Hawke/Chilliwack Progress)

Chief Malloway lived as a dairy farmer in the Sardis District with his wife and seven children. He is one of the few Indigenous members of the Fraser Valley He Milk Producers Association and for over thirteen years he has been active in hosting Indian Festivals in Cultus Lake.

He was recognized by an Indian agent and appointed chief of the Yakweakwioose Band, where he had been for 40 years. In 1970, the Chilliwack District Chamber of Commerce honored Chief Malloway as a chartered citizen.


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A totem pole has been restored and rededicated at Cultus Lake in honor of the late Chief Richard Malloway

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