The 22-foot totem pole, designed by Klatle-Bhi, tells the story of all nations coming together to celebrate the 2010 Winter Games. It also tells the story of the ancestral spirits and mythical creatures that inhabit the Sea-to-Sky region including the frog, the bear, the whale and the Thunderbird.
Main characters within the pole:
To the Northwest Coast Aboriginal peoples, the Thunderbird is the most powerful of all spirits. It is said that when he flaps his wings, thunder crashes and lightning flashes from his eyes. On the 2010 Legacy Pole, the Thunderbird represents the Coastal Black Tusk Mountains, where the Thunderbird is said to land.
The Bear is a great hunter known for its strength, power and human-like qualities. On the 2010 Legacy Pole, the Bear represents the lands between Vancouver and Whistler.
The Killer Whale is the guardian of the sea and is the most admired of all the whales by the Northwest Coast Aboriginal peoples. On the 2010 Legacy Pole, the Killer Whale represents the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Vancouver.
The Frog is a powerful messenger who can travel between the underwater world and dry land. The Frog sits at the bottom of the 2010 Legacy Pole, bright-eyed, despite carrying the weight of the pole.
The 2010 Legacy Pole features a human face within the chest of the Thunderbird, which represents an Olympic athlete, who strives in life to follow his or her dreams.
Within the 2010 Legacy Pole, on the back of the Killer Whale, Klatle-Bhi has carved four faces, representing four races of people who will be coming together – as equals – for the 2010 Winter Games.
Throughout the course of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the totem pole stood in front of the Four Host First Nations 2010 Aboriginal Pavilion in Vancouver, B.C. Post-Games, the pole resides at the Suncor Energy Centre in Calgary, AB.