"A Collection of Totem Poles" Top 5 Page for this destination Thunderbird Park Tip by Jetgirly

Thunderbird Park, Victoria: 15 reviews and 37 photos

  Mungo Martin House and Totem Pole
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  • Mungo Martin House and Totem Pole - Victoria
      Mungo Martin House and Totem Pole
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  • Thunderbird Park / Empress Hotel in Background - Victoria
      Thunderbird Park / Empress Hotel in Background
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Located at the corner of Belleville and Douglas Street, Thunderbird Park came into existance in 1941 when the museum took several totem poles from its collections and put them in outdoors on the museum grounds. Within a decade the original totem poles had deteriorated, so the museum was forced to move them back indoors. They contacted Mungo Martin, a professional carver, to create new totem poles to place in the park. It took several years, but they finally filled the park with beautiful totem poles. In the photo, you will see a totem pole beside Mungo Martin House, a building used today for celebration and education by First Nations people. Beside the Mungo Martin House lies the carving studies, where artists continue to craft new totem poles (and sometimes the public can watch).

At the website below, you can explore the past and present of Thunderbird Park. You can even scroll your mouse over the different totem poles and learn to identify their symbols. Totem poles serve a variety of purposes. They record historical events, present family lineages, shame individuals and groups, and represent shamanic powers.

As Thunderbird Park is outdoors, admission is free and it's open all day and all night! I wouldn't want to wander around there after dark though!

Directions: On the corner of Bellville St. and Douglas St. behind the Empress Hotel, right beside the Royal BC Museum.
Phone: (250) 356-7226
Website: http://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/exhibits/tbird-park/index.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 2, 2006
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