Nuu-chah-nulth Pole

This 23 foot totem pole weighed 6200 pounds and took the carvers 55 days to carve. The pole was commissioned by Tseshaht First Nation. It was raised Friday April 30, 2010 and stands in front of where the old Alberni Residential School stood on Tseshaht Reserve. Gordon Dick, Tim Paul, Erich Glendale, Alex Spence, and Henry Robertson all participated in the creation. The figure at the top is a Thunderbird which is often placed at the top of poles because it is a powerful bird from the spirit world. There are many stories of the thunderbird and how it helped to keep balance with resources on the west coast. The middle section is the first female ancestor to honor women. She is holding a drum with an Art Thompson design of a male and female wolf. This is a tribute to his courage in speaking out about the abuses which occurred to him at Alberni Residential school. The bottom figure is of a Sea Wolf which is a killer whale transforming into a wolf that symbolizes family and protection.

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