A new totem pole for the Haida Gwaii

This is a Haida totem pole. Photo:  fboudville, Creative Commons, Flickr

This is a Haida totem pole.
Photo: fboudville, Creative Commons, Flickr

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun
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A totem pole is a carved log.

The carvings tell stories and history.

The new totem pole is 14 metres tall.

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This face is carved into the new totem pole. Photo: Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun

This face is carved into the new totem pole.
Photo: Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun

It is made of red cedar.

This tree was 500 years old.

A team of carvers worked for one year.

The Haida community is proud of their new pole.

This totem pole is in front of the Haida Heritage Centre.
Photo: sataylorpix, Creative Commons, Flickr

 

See more photos:

Old totems in Gwaii Haanas Photo:  brodieguy, Creative Commons, Flickr

Old totems in Gwaii Haanas
Photo: brodieguy, Creative Commons, Flickr

Grave yard totem in Gwaii Haanas at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Photo: ahzut, Creative Commons, Flickr

Grave yard totem in Gwaii Haanas at the UNESCO World Heritage Site
Photo: ahzut, Creative Commons, Flickr

Gwaii Haanas National Park, Queen Charlotte Islands, BC
Photo: pmorgan, Creative Commons, Flickr

4 thoughts on “A new totem pole for the Haida Gwaii

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  3. Try doing an internet search for “Totem poles”. I found lots of great pictures. Or search for “Haida Gwaii totem poles” for more information about this tradition.

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