Totem poles were created to symbolically communicate a strong oral and visual language that bridged all coastal First Nations cultures - from the southern Kwakwaka'wakw and Nuu-Chah-Nulth through to the most northern Haida and Tsimshian Nations. While Coast Salish were renowned for their 'Houseposts', which hold up the internal structure of a Longhouse.
Historically, totem poles were commissioned by the Chief to mark a special event. Today these silent messengers continue to command great respect as they proclaim significant community events or gatherings. Modern pole raising ceremonies involve all community members and those who participate in raising the pole are regarded with great importance and stature.
Totem pole commissions by select artists are available upon request - contact us for more details.