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Main staircase, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

Main staircase, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada.

 

This is one of four western red cedar crest poles carved by the Nisga'a and Haida peoples of Canada's west coast. Although often referred to as totem poles, they are more accurately described as crest poles since carved figures represent crests commemorating family origins, rights, privileges, achievements and experiences. This one belonged to a mountain chief from Geetiks, Lower Nass River, Tsimshian Tribe. Because of their size, the crest poles had to be installed before the building was completed in 1933.

 

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Taken on March 25, 2009