Sechelt Image Returns Home

Posted by Daniel on Oct 17, 2010

This weekend a 3,000-year-old stone sculpture was repatriated to the Sechelt First Nation from the Museum of Vancouver where it has been since the 1920s.

The Sechelt Image (photo above by Roger Handling) is one of the most significant pieces of prehistoric sculpture in BC, if not in the whole of Canada. Weighing about 32 kilograms, it stands 51 centimetres tall.

According to the Sechelt, the Image is a mortuary stone depicting a mother and child. The piece will go on display at the Sechelt band museum in Sechelt. It is the first time that the City of Vancouver has returned an artifact to a First Nation.