Haida Totem Pole

Totem poles are monuments created by First Nations of the Pacific Northwest. Carved from red cedar they are believed to represent families and clans and tell the story of the family or clan member. A family crest could feature a thunderbird, wolf, eagle, grizzly bear, killer, whale, frog, salmon; all powerful creatures of the daily life of the Haida people. The totem pole is erected with great ceremony and stories are told about the significance of the totem and the images, the reason for the poles creation and the invitation to celebrate the event.