Nature Notes

August 15, 2009

Totem Poles, British Columbia

Filed under: British Columbia,Scenic — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am
Totem Poles, British Columbia

Totem Poles, British Columbia

These images were taken in a variety of place, The Capilano Suspension Bridge, Stanley Park, and the BC Museum in Victoria.

They are a cultural tradition of many indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest. They have traditionally been carved from Western Cedar which is subject to decay in that wet climate and there are, therefore, not many examples of old totems in good shape. The poles have many meanings and uses. One recent use of interest is a “shame’ pole carved in Cordova, Alaska. It is said to represent the shame of Exxon CEO, Lee Raymond’s face represented distorted and inverted, because Exxon has not paid for the damages caused by the Exxon Valdez.

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2 Comments »

  1. Beautiful, fascinating, informative!

    J.

    Comment by J. Young — August 16, 2009 @ 12:39 pm

  2. Thanks J!

    Comment by Harold — August 21, 2009 @ 10:57 pm

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