Thunderbird House Post

One of the coolest things I came across on my wonders through Stanley Park in Vancouver was a fantastic collection of House Posts. There were eight Totem Poles in total of various sizes and designs. Carved house posts are used in traditional First Nations cedar houses to support the huge roof beams. This pole is a replica of a house post carved by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Charlie James in the early 1900s. Tony Hunt carved this replica in 1987 to replace the older pole now in the Vancouver Museum. This photograph shows just the very top of a much larger post.

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