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Tall totem pole, Alert Bay, BC

Photograph of a totem pole in Alert Bay, BC. This pole has been called the world's tallest totem pole, though this is a disputed fact since it is actually comprised of two pieces. The pole is not specific to a particular family, but represents multiple tribes of the Kwakwaka'wakw. The pole was completed in the late 1960's and raised in 1973. It is located near the Big House.

Mildred Laurie

Kwakiutl Totem Pole

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, a033247, and a033260, which also depict this pole.

Killer Whale Arch at the entrance to Kwatiutl Indian Cemetery

View of the Killer Whale Arch located at the entrance to the Kwatiul Indian Cemetery. This arch is a memorial to a boy lost at sea. Located at Alert Bay, British Columbia, this photo is attributed to Eric J. Cooke, Camp "N," Beaver Cove, B. C. Several crosses and memorial totem poles are visible behind this archway. See also item a033261 which includes this same carving.

Totem Pole in clearing

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.

Alert Bay totem poles

Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) Memorial Totem Poles, on Namgis Burial Grounds, Alert Bay, Cormorant Island, BC, British Columbia, Canada -Front Totem Pole: Kolus sits atop Cedar Man, above Sun Figure and Killer Whale. A cross and two buildings are visible image left of the totem poles.

Stanley Park totem poles

Image of totem poles at Stanley Park. From left to right: Thunderbird house post, Wakas (Wakius) Pole, Sisa Kaulas Pole, Thunderbird house post, and the Ne-is-bik Salmon Pole.

William Carr

Wakas (Wakius) Pole

Image of the top of the original Wakas (Wakius) Pole in Stanley Park. Pole carved by Yuxwayu.

William Carr

Thunderbird and Dzunukwa totem pole

Image of the Thunderbird (top) and Dzunukwa(bottom) totem pole in Alert Bay. Pole was carved in 1931 at Blunden Harbour by Willie Seaweed, assisted by Joe Seaweed. Totem pole was a memorial for Billie Moon.

William Carr

Alert Bay memorial pole

Image of a memorial pole at Alert Bay. Inscription at the bottom held by the figure reads "In loving memory of Tlaowa Latle of the Qiowasudinuk (Kwakwaka'wakw: Kwikwasut'inuxw) Tribe. Died Nov. 9 [rest of inscription illegible].

William Carr

Alert Bay totem poles

Image of two totem poles at Alert Bay. In the foreground is the Thunderbird (top) and Dzunukwa(bottom) totem pole in Alert Bay. Pole was carved in 1931 at Blunden Harbour by Willie Seaweed, assisted by Joe Seaweed. Totem pole was a memorial for Billie Moon. In the background is a memorial pole for Wa'osta'as, wife of Sam Charlie. Carved in the 1800's by an unknown carver.

William Carr

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