The Ga'akstalas Totem Pole one of the most colourful and intricately carved totem poles at Stanley Park. On it are depicted many legendary people, such as Red Cedar bark man, and animals such as the killer whale, raven, and grizzly bear!
This plaque says:
GA'AKSTALAS, CARVED BY WAYNE ALFRED AND BEAU DICK IN 1991, is based on a design by Russel Smith. The pole depicts many important figures in Kwakwada'wakw culture. Red Cedar-bark Man is an ancestor who survived the great flood and gave the people the first canoe. The hero Siwidi, shown riding a killer whale, was taken under the sea to the home of the sea-world's chief and brought back the right to use all of the sea-kingdom masks. The giantess dzunukwa sits at the base of the pole, symbolizing her central role in bringing magic and wealth to her people.
"We wanted this pole to be a beacon of strength for our young people and show respect for our elders. It is to all our people who have made contributions to our culture."
Beau Dick, Ga'akstalas
The picture of the totem pole has a Quolous: legendary bird at the top, then below that Red Cedar-bark man with canoe, then below that Sisiyutl: double-headed serpent, then below that Siwidi, then below that Killer Whale, then below that Raven, then below that Grizzly bear over man's head then below that Dzunukwa: the giantess.
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