Victoria Thunderbird Park

The Thunderbird Park is situated by the Royal British Columbia Museum. The small park contains a collection of representative Totem Poles of the North West coast Canada’s. Most Totem Poles are replicas from the time of the first contact between the colonists and the First Nations (as the Indians are called today).

Mungo Martin House

Mungo Martin House, Victoria Thunderbird Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, West Canada

The Mungo Martin House "Wawadit'la" is a replication of a long house as they were built in the 18th century around the area of Fort Rubert. The Mungo Martin House is not open to the public. The house is used by the First Nations for ceremonial gatherings. The Totem Pole in front of the long house was created in 1953. The "Kwakwaka'wakw Heraldic Pole" is dedicated to the Kwakwaka'wakw Nations.

Gitxsan & Kwakwaka'wakw Totem Poles

Gitxsan & Kwakwaka'wakw Totem Poles, Victoria Thunderbird Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, West Canada

On the left is the replication of the Gitxsan Totem Pole created in 1954. The genuine Gitxsan Totem Pole was built around 1900 in the village of Gitsegukla in the upper region of the Skeena River. On the right is the "Kwakwaka'wakw Heraldic Pole" built in 1953. In the background is the famous Fairmont Empress Hotel of Victoria.

Haida & Gitxsan Totem Poles

Haida & Gitxsan Totem Poles, Victoria Thunderbird Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, West Canada

Totem Poles replicated by the famous chief Mungo Martin (about 1881 - 1962) of the Kwakiutl Nations. Mungo Martin arrived in Victoria in 1952 to support the First Nations Program by the Royal British Columbia Museum. He replicated Totem Poles of the North West Indians for the Thunderbird Park and the Museum Anthropology of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. After his death his descendants continued his work.

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