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Gitga'at totem pole

A newly erected Giga'at totem pole, carved circa 2014 stands proudly in the village of Hartley Bay, British Columbia. The totem pole is one of the most recognizable cultural symbols of the Pacific Northwest. A totem pole typically features symbolic and stylized human, animal, and supernatural forms and are visual representations of kinship, depicting family crests and clan membership. The common symbols are wolf, eagle, grizzly bear, thunderbird, killer whale, frog, raven, and salmon. To my untutored eye, there is an eagle (bottom), raven (top) and killer whale and bear (middle) in this pole. This totem pole also contains a copper in the white rectangle at the top. Traditional coppers were the property of chieftains and besides being a important medium of exchange (payment) are an exceptionally important symbol of wealth and prestige

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From Hartley Bay village