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Levi Cannon creates sculpture for Lennox Island community

by Sue Gallant

Lennox Island residents, Kevin Thomas (left), and Jason Sark, admire the new Lennox Island honour pole created by Levi Cannon of Charlottetown. The pole was recently delivered to the old fire hall, then erected outside the Lennox Island Health Centre.

"It's a beautiful piece of art." That was the verdict delivered by the Chief of the Lennox Island Mi'kmaq Band, in response to her community's newest cultural acquisition. Darlene Bernard was speaking to The Buzz about a new honour pole, commissioned from and created by, Levi Cannon of Charlottetown, specifically for the Lennox Island Band.

Approximately 15 feet long, the pole depicts various symbols of Mi'kmaq culture including an eagle, beaver, walrus, lobster, and hand-prints of former Lennox Island chiefs. The honour pole was recently erected outside the Lennox Island Health Centre, right in the heart of the community.

The idea of the pole was first hatched at Lennox Island's 2002 summer pow-wow. The Band Council subsequently met, discussed and agreed, that they should like to have such a piece for their community. Cannon spoke with various Lennox Island community members in order to ascertain what they felt should appear on their pole.

He set swiftly to work and the finished piece was delivered to the old Lennox Island fire hall, last month. Concrete was then set about the pole's base, and a hole prepared outside the Lennox Island Health Centre.

"It's very unique and different," said Bernard. "It's an honour pole so its a great thing. The community has taken ownership of it, and is proud of it. Its very depictive of our culture."

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