Saturday, March 15, 2008
Totem poles & me
Yep, that's me standing next to the what was once the world's tallest totem pole at Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, British Columbia. Carved by Mungo Martin, David Martin, and Henry Hunt and dedicated in 1954, it is one impressive piece of engineering and cool native American artwork and stands 127' 7" tall.
There still seems to be quite a bit of controversy with the record totem poles though. Currently there is a taller pole in Alert, Alaska but it was built in sections (controversy?) but the true big daddy of all totem poles built in 1992 in Victoria which reached 185 feet (it was taken down in 2000 & sectioned off). There are also taller poles than the one I'm standing next to in Kalama, Washington (140 ', but it wasn't built by native Americans- more controversy) and another pole in Kake, Alaska at 132'.
Me? I just dug being back home in Canada and hanging with my family over my Spring Break from CCS.