VANCOUVER A rare First Nations artifact worth about $1.2 million has been returned to British Columbia after more than 230 years.
The ceremonial club, which was carved from yew wood in the shape of a hand holding a sphere, was presented by the Nuu-chah-nulth people of Vancouver Island to explorer Capt. James Cook in 1778.
It was recently bought through a private dealer in New York and donated to the Museum of Anthropology at the University of B.C.
The club was the last remaining object from Cook’s personal collection not housed in a museum, and it will be the only such item to be on public display in Canada. Read more.