Big Beaver Totem Pole Chicago Field Museum

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Big Beaver Totem Pole Chicago Field Museum

Big Beaver Totem Pole Chicago Field Museum

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Big Beaver Totem Pole Chicago Field Museum

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Located on the north side of the Field Museum we find the Big Beaver totem pole. It is a modern work carved by Canadian artist Norman Tait’s. His ancestors were Nisga’a Tsimshian indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast. The human and animal figures tell a visual story of how the beaver became the carver’s family crest and why they stopped hunting it. The pole stands 55′ high topped by a winged bird that looks out at the Chicago skyline.

“Five brothers went on a beaver hunt. Although the hunt was successful, two small beavers escaped from the hunters. The youngest brother – too little to hunt – followed the beavers and kindly helped them home.

At the beaver’s lodge, the youngest brother peered inside and saw that the small beavers had removed their pelts, revealing that they were human. He also listened as the beavers told their grandfather, the Beaver Chief, about the slaughter of their family.

Full of remorse for what his family had done to the beaver people, the youngest brother decided to adopt the beaver for his family crest; his brothers agreed and never again hunter beaver … "

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