The Pole is 100 feet high, one foot for every year, and marks the centenary of British Columbia, which was named by Queen Victoria and proclaimed a Crown Colony on November 19th 1858. It is now the Pacific Coast Province of Canada.
Totem Poles are a characteristic feature of Pacific coast Indian Art. They have no religious significance, being more akin to a Family Tree, embodying legendary tribal history.
The Totem Pole is carved in
the authentic style of the Kwakiutl, a federation of many tribes,
and clans inhabiting the northern part of Vancouver Island and
the opposite coastal mainland. The figures on the pole reading
from the top are, Man with large hat, Beaver, Old Man, Thunderbird,
Sea Otter, The Raven, The Whale, Double headed Snake, Halibut
Man and Cedar Man. Each figure represents the mythical ancestor
of a clan.
On 1st June 2014 we were delighted to welcome Sam Haydahl and his wife to see the Totem Pole. Sam was the lumberjack who felled the original tree, and another just like it, from which an identical pair of Totem Poles was carved. One arrived here in the Great Park and the other remains in Vancouver.
Sam's visit to Windsor Great Park was the first time he had seen the Totem Pole since he felled it in 1957. Thanks are due to Nick Day and the Crown Estate team as well as other Windsorians who made this visit very special indeed.
Additional pictures of this event are included here:
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