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In search of Buddha incense burner, sold or given away in Bella Coola 1967

Laurie Wikelund said it belonged to her late mother before they moved to New Zealand

A Vancouver Island area woman is hoping to retrieve a Buddha incense burner her late mother gave away or sold in Bella Coola 56 years ago.

“I would dearly love it back,” said Laurie Wikelund.

“For some odd reason I never thought I actually had a chance to retrieve it, but I do now believe it is possible and most likely still in Bella Coola.”

Wikelund was eight-years-old in 1967 when her family left Bella Coola and moved to New Zealand.

That was the last time she saw the incense burner, which she remembers being eight to 11 inches, maybe larger.

“It is a metal seated Buddha and I am 99 per cent sure it was a Thai Buddha,” she said.

Wikeland is willing to pay a fee for it if required with “photo proof of course,” and pay for its shipping to Vancouver Island.

If anyone knows of the incense burner’s whereabouts they are asked to email her at or telephone 250-283-2055.

She said she has fond memories of living in Bella Coola as a child and that she did not want to leave.

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Monica Lamb-Yorski

About the Author: Monica Lamb-Yorski

A B.C. gal, I was born in Alert Bay, raised in Nelson, graduated from the University of Winnipeg, and wrote my first-ever article for the Prince Rupert Daily News.
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