Downtown Duncan Totem Poles – Totem Pole Walking Tour
It depicts three figures: the Thunderbird, the Bear and the Halibut.
This was the first totem pole Doug LaFortune carved for the City of Duncan collection. He describes Wind Spirit’s meaning as:
“I was doing a lot of hunting in the mountains and waters around the Cowichan Valley and these are things I like: Eagles, Bears and Halibut…..I like the power of the Thunderbird and wanted to show the powerful beak and claws. The Bear has to do with my son; his name is Bear. The Halibut is a creature that I really like and liked in other totem poles. At this time in my career I was emulating work that a lot of artists had done and chose to do these figures as I thought I could do it and express my own feelings. You put a lot of feeling into these things because it takes three, four months of your life.”
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