This pole was on display at UBC in Totem Park in the 1960’s and 1970’s and moved to the Museum in the late 1970’s. It was carved in 1914 in Tsaxis (Fort Rupert) by George Hunt Sr. for the Edward S. Curtis film "In the Land of the War Canoes" which was originally titled "In the Land of the Head Hunters". The pole was collected by Marius Barbeau and Arthur Price in 1947. The pole was repaired and re-painted by carvers Ellen Neel in 1949 and Mungo Martin in 1950-51. It stood at Totem Park, UBC Campus until it was re-located to the Museum's Great Hall in 1976.
Iconography: Kolus is a young thunderbird. Thunderbird is a supernatural bird identifiable by the presence of ear-like projections or horns on the head, and a re-curved beak. The pole alludes to the story of Tongas people in south Alaska, who migrated south.
View of totem pole from Alert Bay, B. C. depicting two figures: a man with a bird sitting on his head. Pole appears to be standing in an open area with trees in the background. Lower right corner contains the initials E. T. See also images a033242, a033247, and a033260, which depicts this same image.
Closeup of very tall totem pole also depicted in item a033272. This pole resembles one reputed to be the world's tallest totem pole. Built in the late 1960s, it was raised in 1973. It is attributed to carver Jimmy Dick and stands 173 feet tall. In 2007 the top of this pole was blown off in high winds.
View of a Kwakiutl totem pole on Alert Bay, Cormorant Island, British Columbia. Pole stands in Nimpkish Band Cemetery and was carved by Willie Seaweed with Joe Seaweed. It is a memorial to Billie Moon and was carved in 1931. It depicts a Thunderbird grasping the head of Dzoonokwa, a giantess. See also images a033236, a033242, and a033247, which also depict this pole.
Image depicts two totem poles on the grounds of St. Michael's Indian Residential School in Alert Bay, B. C. The poles include Thunderbirds, Grizzly Bears, and Coopers at the base of each pole. Photo attributed to E. J. Cooke.