Grand Hall tour

Poles along the windows

The term totem pole is recent, and has come to be used to refer to carvings which had different terms and functions in their original settings. For example, there were house posts holding up the interior beams of houses, house frontal poles which also served as the doorway of the house, grave monuments and memorial columns.

The poles and posts along the edge of the Grand Hall window come from several different villages on the mainland, Vancouver Island and the Queen Charlotte Islands. They include: