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Town at the head of the inlet

Item is a series of two photographs showing the rooftops of houses and a totem pole in the foreground. The pole is known as the Nispiq Pole. It belonged to Chief Simon Walkus, Sr. and tells of the origins of the Wuikinuxv people.

C. MacKay

Promenade, Alert Bay B.C., Canada

Commercial postcard printed with a photograph of a wooden promenade in Alert Bay, B.C. A number of people are walking on the promenade, which sits at the bottom of a small hill. A number of structures and a totem pole are visible on the hillside. A handwritten annotation on the verso of the photograph reads: "The first building is the [?] hall & the 2nd building is the b[?] house, they are right across from the store. The house on the hill is the bookkeeper's house."

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

Govenor [sic]and Mrs. Michner [sic], Alert Bay

Governor General Roland Michener and his wife Norah pose with a short totem pole. Trees and buildings are visible in the distance. Totem pole appears similar to a pole attributed to Arthur Shuaghnessy that was raised for Kamdatsa (Mrs. Tom Patch) of Village Island or New Vancouver, a woman who lived to be over 100 years old. That pole was eventually raised on her grave.

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