One of the very best parts of living on the West Coast of Canada is our heritage. Sure, Canada is a new country in terms of the world, but before North America was found and settled our lands were inhabited for centuries, and these coast dwellers have left behind a rich and colorful heritage for us all to enjoy.
This post is dedicated to my friend Rob. He has asked me before to try to photograph the wonderful totem poles in our area, up close and personal. Today we share this endeavor. I am by no means any form of an expert in these works but I believe the primary elements you will find on these poles are thunderbirds, eagles, whales, salmon, bears and people. That is for certain not to say there are more elements, but these are the primary ones as far as I am aware. Each pole tends to have more than one of these elements and tells a story of a clan or an event. In many ways this was a form of historic documentation. We are left with these incredible works.
This plaque sits on the shore of the mighty Cowichan River and discusses the history of this river. It is now officially designated as one of only several Canadian Heritage Rivers. It is a very long, windy and powerful river not to be trifled with. The natural beauty and abundance this river has provided the people over the centuries make it one of the most important Canadian rivers still in existence today.
I’m not exactly sure of the purpose of this shelter but it created such a dramatic and interesting element in contrast with the river backdrop, I just had to photograph it. Everyone at the Fine Arts Show commented on the incredible green tinted color of the Cowichan River and this image really brings that to life. A meandering path runs along the river, and it peppered with the historic totem poles that we will now take a closer look at.
Our little city of Duncan, BC also is home to many of these wonderful poles and Mrs. Toad and myself have many plans to capture these over the spring and summer of this year, so if this is something you are interested in please stay tuned for further installments. We really hope you’ve enjoyed joining us today on our brief walk around the Quw’utsun’ facility and the Cowichan River taking in these historic totem poles.
Thanks so much for your visit today, please feel free to leave a comment as we really do love to hear from our visitors.