Gitwangak (Kitwanga) Skeena River Art

Totem art history near the junction of B.C. Hwy 16 and Hwy 37

A personal travel view
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Gitwangak is the newer, more native way to spell Kitwanga.
I spent more than half of 1974 in Kitwanga. I returned briefly in 1988 and 2007. I have a general Kitwanga page. Here I concentrate on the native art.
Between the CNR tracks and the Skeena River one finds a row of totem poles. As is common along the Skeena, there is little or no signage for these wooden monuments.
When I worked in the train station I became blas´┐Ż about seeing them almost every day; but the very next year I visited the British Museum. I was surprised there to see an entire wall covered with a Kitwanga street scene photograph. I then realized just how very special this town is.
Kitwanga, British Columbia 1974:
Gitwangak totem poles 1974 (1) Gitwangak totem poles 1974 (2) Gitwangak totem poles 1974 (3) Kitwanga graveyard image 1974)

Most of the following pictures were taken in June 2007. The first pole is isolated near the site of the old train station.
The totem on the ground is at the end of the standing poles. The Skeena River is between the cars and the trees.
The view with the red roofs is looking across the street from the line of totem poles.

Kitwanga station totem pole Kitwanga station totem pole detail
Kitwanga totem pole on ground
Kitwanga totem group from west Kitwanga church and mts
Kitwanga totems from west
Larger pole pictures follow with close-ups; I move along the line from left to right.
Kitwanga totem pole Kitwanga totem top
Kitwanga totem bottom Kitwanga totem bottom
Kitwanga totem pole Kitwanga totem top
Kitwanga totem middle
Kitwanga totem bottom
Kitwanga totem pole Kitwanga totem top
Kitwanga totem middle Kitwanga totem bottom
Kitwanga totem bottom
Kitwanga totem pole Kitwanga totem middle Kitwanga totem top
Kitwanga totem bottom
Kitwanga totem pole Kitwanga totem top
Kitwanga totem bottom
Kitwanga totem pole Kitwanga totem detail
Kitwanga totem pole Kitwanga totem top
Kitwanga totem bottom
Kitwanga totem pole Kitwanga totem detail
Kitwanga bear top totem Kitwanga bear top
Kitwanga eagle top totem Kitwanga totem pole Kitwanga totem top Kitwanga totem pole
Kitwanga totem bottom
Kitwanga row-end totem pole Kitwanga totem top
Kitwanga totem bottom
downtown Kitwanga 2007
Some things change very slowly along the Skeena River. Cedar poles might collapse in the rain but copies are often made and raised in the same location.
At the Canadian Museum of Civilization web site I found a photo of Kitwanga about 1899. About half of the totems seen there can still be identified in my recent photos.
I found two totems online as painted by Emily Carr about 1915. I thought that it was interesting to compare the same poles as seen in her version, and as seen in my photos from 1974 and 2007.
Kitwanga totems compared A Kitwanga totems compared B

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