Totem pole photos


Vancouver Island, Canada. Please click for more.

“Totems poles are unique to the Northwest Coast of BC and Lower Alaska and were used by the First Peoples to record their history and preserve their legends. They were not idols nor used in worship. Each pole had a story to tell and the stories were respective of the families which owned the Totem. For most, we can only surmise their individual meanings.”- Woodworker’s Guide

Nuu-chah-nulth Totem
Nuu-chah-nulth Trail

Cloudy and 13 degrees Celsius

“In 2005, the Ucluelet First Nation raised their first totem pole in over one hundred years, carved by James ‘Hudson’ Cootes.” – Parks Canada

Nuu-chah-nulth Totem
Nuu-chah-nulth Trail

Cloudy and 13 degrees Celsius

Distance: 2.5 km one way
Beach access
Some stairs
Location: This historic trail crosses Quisitis Point linking Wickaninnish Beach and Florencia Bay, starting from behind the Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre.

Horseshoe Bay, British Columbia, Canada.Fall 2008

Horseshoe Bay, British Columbia, Canada.Fall 2008

The Totem Poles Of Totem Park.

Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Nikon ©

“The Totems on display are the Oscar Maltipi Pole, the Beaver Crest Pole, the Chief Wakas Pole, the Sky Chief Pole, the Thunderbird House Post, Ga’akstalas, Kaka’solas, and the Chief Skedans Mortuary Pole. Unfortunately the Beaver Crest Pole is hidden in the above photo. It resides on the left-hand side of the display sort of behind the Oscar Maltipi Pole.” – Woodworker’s Guide

Totem Park, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Nikon ©

Totem Park, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Nikon ©

Totem Park, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Nikon ©

Totem Park, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Nikon ©

Totem Park, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Nikon ©

Totem Park, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Nikon ©

Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Gyaana Haida Pole.
White Rock
, British Columbia, Canada.
Cool and cloudy 22 degrees Celsius

Karan Coast Salish House Post
White Rock, British Columbia, Canada.
Cool and cloudy 22 degrees Celsius.

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Twelve Coast Salish totem poles, Sechelt,
May 2008

“Named after the original First Nations people of the region, the shishalh.” “Sechelt is a small community sitting on a sandbar, the narrow Sechelt isthmus separating Sechelt Inlet from the Strait of Georgia.” “The word “Sechelt” means land between two waters. Indian Legend has it that the creator gods were sent by the Divine Spirit to form the world. They carved out valleys leaving a beach along the inlet at Porpoise Bay. Later, the transformers, a male raven and a female mink, changed details by carving trees and forming pools of water. The raven is an integral part of the Sechelt Indian Band’s culture and is often seen in their carvings.’” “Twelve Coast Salish totem poles look out over Trail Bay – they recount the history of the Sechelt Indian Band, the first in Canada to gain self-government in 1986. – British Columbia

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Twelve Coast Salish totem poles, Sechelt,
May 2008

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Salish Bear Totem Pole
Koksilah, Pacific Canada, between Nanaimo and Victoria, Vancouver Island, B.C Canada. 2006.

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Victoria, B.C. 2006
Knowledge Totem carved by Cicero August and his sons
Darrell and Doug August of the Cowichan Tribes and raised in 1990. Please see next photo.

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Duncan. Vancouver Island, B.C. 2006

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Duncan
City of Totems
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Duncan, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada.

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Duncan
City of Totems
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Eagle Aerie Gallery, Tofino, Vancouver Island 2006,
Features the work of Roy Henry Vickers.

House of Noomst, Bella Coola, B.C. Canada. 2009
Rain and 12 degrees Celsius
Look at all the crows, please see next photo.

Bella Coola, B.C. Canada 2009
Rain and 12 degrees Celsius
Please see  previous photo.

Kwakiutl Bear Pole, Campbell River, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada. 2008

 Kwakiutl Bear Pole, Robert Ostler Park, Campbell River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada 2008

“The totem pole was carved by the Kwakwala Arts and Crafts organization in Alert Bay in 1966. It was created as part of a project to establish the Route of Totems on Vancouver Island. Nineteen poles were created, all with the Grizzly Bear used as the dominant element.” 

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“The mythical bird Kolus, akin to the Thunderbird, tops the pole with attached outstretched wings and a XwiXwi, part of Comox history, is on it’s chest. K’How-’ Jes, the Grizzly Bear, holds I-a-Hos-kin (canoe) and sits above Dzunukwa, a wild woman of the woods.” – Comox Airport

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Campbell River.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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Duncan, Vancouver Island, B.C. 2001

First Nations Photos



About Tokeloshe.

Welcome and thank you for visiting. I have been happily married (sic) for 40 years, have one son, a loving daughter in law and three adorable grandsons. We have been in Canada for 20 years and are originally from South-Africa. My first language is Afrikaans. (Ek kan nog Afrikaans praat, lees en skryf.) I love doing mixed media, scrap-booking, blogging and playing on the computer, I am also interested in photography, genealogy, reading, hiking, camping, arts and crafts.
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6 Responses to Totem pole photos

  1. nrhatch says:

    What a terrific collection of totems, Tok! Hard to pick a favorite. Magnificent.

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    • Tokeloshe says:

      As you guessed, I love totem poles, but I didn’t realize we had so many photos until I gathered them together. I am glad you liked them as well.

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  2. Sartenada says:

    OMG, what a collection!!! Thank You showing them; I am still speechless after seeing them. After crisscrossing Finland from the South to the North and from the East to the West, I have found here only one and modest.

    You have there Totem poles and we have carved bears. In January, I’ll shows carved bear contest in two posts.

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  3. WOW! Very, very interesting. Jou fotos is ook baie mooi en astrenomies! Sjoe, wens ek kon dit in lewende lywe sien. Het nog nooit so iets in my lewe gesien nie, nie hier in SA nie?

    Dankie vir die deel daarvan.

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  4. Tokeloshe says:

    They are! Baie dankie, ek sal vir manlief ook sê, want hy het ook heelwat van hulle geneem. Dit is ‘n groot plesier. Hulle is ongelooflik van naby en gellukig kan ‘n mens nog naby aan hulle kom en selfs aan hulle raak, Dit is verbasend dat daar nie graffiti op is nie.

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