Totem Poles, Kitwanga, BC, Canada
Yesterday I said that today I would post a totem pole. Well it turns out there will be more than one.
Pam and I stopped the RV near this large field. At the edge of the field nearest the road were many totem poles. There was another RV'ish type vehicle there. This vehicle had maple leaves decorating it. As you got close to this van (let's call it a van) one could see that the maple leaves were made up of hundreds and hundreds of people's faces. It was really a nice graphic.
Outside the van were a small group of people who were being interviewed. There was a person with a nice video camera and a professional microphone. I didn't really listen in but it was obvious that some quasi-government official or tourism board or "some such" was interviewing the local elders on the history of the totem poles in this field.
As per usual, I got out and started taking pictures. And as per usual everyone ignored me. That is good, I wish to be ignored.
Pam listened to the questions and answers of the interveiws that were going on. On the fringe of the group was a lady whom Pam asked a question of. And then another question. And then another. And soon Pam had the "down low" on the totem poles.
When I'd finished getting what pictures I thought I wanted I motioned to Pam that I was ready. And she said to the lady that she had to go. The lady was very surprised because she thought Pam was a part of this quasi-governmental, official group interviewing the elders. It was a bit of a shock to her to realize that she had been talking to a "normie".
So these totem poles represent families of the area. The figures all represent some aspect of tribal life or of the lives of the people in the families who erected them. Some are leaning at haphazard angles and it is amazing they stand at all. The temptation is to go into photoshop and straighten them, but the reality is that they are leaning... more than a little.
You can see more totem poles in the gallery (folder) "smaller galleries" and then "Native American includes Totem Poles".
This sign is from an area near Kitwanga called Gitanyou. I have it here because it is good explanation of the totem poles found in the region.
Keywords: British, can, Canada, clan crest, Columbia, family traditions, Gitanyou, Kitwanga, mythical creatures, Native Americans, native people, totem pole
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