Gitwangak Totem Poles
Gitwangak Totem Poles
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada14,456 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Erected between 1840 and 1842, the ten totem poles of Gitwangak tell and share the complex histories and stories of the Gitxan Nation. The poles may have been weathered by time, but they can still teach us much if we have but the eyes to see and the ears to listen. What was daily life like? What were the politics of individual clans? What moments were celebrated? Lamented? If the poles are understood properly, they clearly articulate the life of a people. Granted, there are no interpretive plaques at hand, so the interpretation and understanding will depend largely upon chance encounters with residents or one’s own knowledge of the area. Skimming through George MacDonald’s “The Totem Poles and Monuments of Gitwangak Village” (1984) might not be a bad idea if one knows that they’ll be stopping here in advance.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention that a mere half a block away from the totems sits St. Paul’s Anglican Church (see my earlier review on this site). Erected in 1882 – 40 years AFTER the ten totems – the church offers us an interesting look at a contrast of cultures. On the one hand, you have tradition and the potlatch as represented by the totems. On the other hand, you have the sharp window through which Christian influence is gained and advanced. Taken together, the two historic sites represent a malleable moment in time whereby we can see and experience a shift from the ancients to the modern. It’s a struggle just as relevant today as it was back then. La Lotta Continua!
Written February 18, 2020
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VillagerRick
The Villages, FL1,003 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Not far off the highway, this attraction is easy to find. For me, not much to encourage a return visit. It appears there is some kind of display or museum in a building nearby, but no information as to what is offered or what if any hours of operation. There are a lot of totem poles to view, but no placards to identify cultural significance.
Written June 11, 2023
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TheBs
Washington, DC370 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
If you are in the area be sure to visit carved cedar poles and the old Anglican Church.

Suggest you stop at the cafe at the intersection to get directions to the church/poles and onto Gitwangak Battle Hill Historic Site
Written July 6, 2018
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