Thunderbird Park, Victoria

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Thunderbird Park is a park in Victoria, British Columbia next to the Royal British Columbia Museum. The park is home to many totem poles (mostly Gitxsan, Haida, and Kwakwaka'wakw) and other First Nation monuments. The park takes its name from the mythological Thunderbird of Indigenous North American cultures which is depicted on many totem poles.Also in the park are St. Anne's Schoolhouse (built 1844), Helmcken House (built in 1852 by Dr. John Helmcken), and Mungo Martin House (Wawadit'la), a traditional Kwakwaka'wakw "big house" built in 1953 by Kwakwaka'wakw Chief Mungo Martin. The park is part of the Royal BC Museum Cultural Precinct, an area around the museum that contains a number of historical sites and monuments.HistoryTotem poles were first erected on the site in 1940 as part of a conservation effort to preserve some of the region's rapidly deteriorating Aboriginal art. The site was opened as Thunderbird Park in 1941. By 1951, many of the poles had greatly decayed, and in 1952 the Royal BC Museum began a restoration program with Chief Martin as its head carver. Martin died in 1962 and was succeeded by renowned carver Henry Hunt. Other artists who have worked as part of the program include Henry Hunt's sons Richard Hunt and Tony Hunt, Tim Paul, Lawrence Bell, David Gladstone, David Martin, and Bill Reid. All of the original poles were replaced with new versions by 1992, and some of the originals are now preserved within the museum.
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  • Check out the totem poles in the park and the colourful painted wall of native art. Worth visiting if you are in the area  more »
  • A small area but full of great and interesting Totem Poles which are well worth seeing. Also has one of the oldest houses in Victoria - a great piece of history preserved for future generations.  more »
  • I was expecting a bit more. Many great totem poles and a huge mural. A must visit if you are in the inner harbour area.  more »
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  • It's a nice little park. I wish they had some more educational matter regarding the totem poles, their significance, and origin.
  • Totems and foodtruck!! Did I mention pokestops and a gym??!! Valor!!!!
  • Great place to chill and collect thoughts. Nice gardens, trees and historic buildings
  • Most beautiful authentic fist nations buildings drumming very friendly!
  • Very nice small park, worth a visit if you're nearby.

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