Jasper Totem Pole - 1915-2009

Jasper’s Raven Totem Pole 
1915-2009

For 94 years, a magnificent Haida totem pole stood proudly near Jasper’s railway station. It was important Jasper landmark and a colourful reminder of the community’s early railway history.

Born in the Mists of Haida Gwaii
The Raven Totem Pole was carved in the 1870s in Haida Gwaii by Simeon Gwaii, a Haida Chief of the Raven clan.  The totem pole was over 12 metres tall.

Gateway to the Pacific Northwest
When the Grand Trunk Railway opened a northern rail route across the mountains to Prince Rupert in 1914, totem poles were a popular feature along the route.  The Raven Totem Pole arrived in Jasper in 1915.

Sentimental Journey Home
The totem pole deteriorated over the years and in 2009 had to be taken down.  On June 21st, 2010 the Jasper Raven Pole returned to its birthplace in Old Massett, Haida Gwaii and was repatriated to the Haida in a heartfelt ceremony.





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