Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Thunderbird Park

Adjacent to the Royal British Columbia Museum is Thunderbird Park which celebrates local Indigenous culture and history.

The Mungo Martin House, built in 1953, is a scaled down replica of a Kwakiutl chief's house in Tsaxis (Fort Rupert). Here a Kwakwaka'wakw Heraldic Pole is topped by a Thunderbird.

Over the years, the original poles have been moved indoors to preserve them and replica poles have taken their place.  On the left is a  Gitxsan Memorial Pole and next to it is a Kwakwaka'wakw Honouring Pole. 
A statue of pioneering doctor John Sebastian Helmcken stands outside his former home which was built in 1852 on this site.

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