The totem pole carved by Junior Henderson was raised at a potlatch on Aug. 31.

Pole raised in honour of grandmother

The pole was carved in her likeliness, with her smile, her love of purple

Local First Nations carver Junior Henderson raised a totem pole in honour of his grandmother Aug. 31.

Raised in honour of Dorothy Drake, the pole is the first of it’s kind and includes some unique features said abalone shells as earrings.

Henderson carved the pole with the help of his cousins and it was raised and unveiled in a Potlatch held in honour of the occasion.

The pole was carved in her likeliness, with her smile, her love of purple and her stance as well.

“She was a beautiful lady that taught many young children so many things,” said Audrey Hunt. “She was a Great Aunty Dorothy too!”