I've iphoned a couple of totems in the 'city' the other day - not very good records ... but I'll take myself on a tour to see the 40+ poles in the town. My photos aren't brilliant - but you'll get an idea and I will elaborate on the meanings of some of them anon.
Thuja Plicata - the Western Red Cedar tree - known as the Mother Tree - is the tree of choice for these First Nation carvers.
|A fuller version of "The Feast"|
- with an historical caboose behind
|A Totem pole|
I will later on go into more detail about these amazing poles ... but for now - the First Nations relied on oral tradition to record their history, the carved totem poles created a permanent record of their lineage and historical events.
... and remind us that there is a spiritual connection between man and tree, that we are all aspects of a greater whole ...