Another section of Stanley Park is devoted to totem poles depicting common northwestern motifs of whales, salmon, and bear. It will whet your appetite for the magnificent totems found at the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology. Enter the concrete and glass building, designed to resemble a First Nations longhouse, and you’ll be treated to massive totems in the Great Hall. Haida, Coast Salish, and Nisga’a Tribes carved their figures into large cedar logs, many from the late 19th century when the art form reached its peak.
Recent Traveler Reviews
Love learning about the History
by June S
A bit off the beaten track as it is outside of downtown Vancouver and based at UBC (university of British Columbia) but well worth a visit to learn local culture and their development.
Culture of Coastal Peoples
This is one of the best anthropology museums anywhere. The building itself is a homage to First Nations culture. The material culture - poles that are ancestral representations, cedar bentwood boxes...