As Canada laid an early railway line in the 19th century between Jasper and Prince Rupert on Canada’s west coast, the owners purchased two fine Haida Indian totem poles to symbolise the original indigenous land holders. This superb Raven Totem Pole stood 12 metres high in central Jasper near the railway station for nearly 100 years until old age and weathering took its toll on the finely carved piece.
In 2009, the pole was carefully taken down and returned to the Haida people where it was originally carved around 1870.
Honouring tribal families and leaders, the pole contains legends about “grizzly bear mother“, “frog woman” and “bullhead” among others. A Parks Canada video tells a little more of the history and story of Raven Totem Pole.
The Haida people have carved a new totem pole installed in 2010.