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The Whaler's Pole Traditional Geocache

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Hidden : 07/13/2007
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Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

lots of stairs to climb makes this one not so accessible for wheelchairs; but still visible. magentic micro. kid friendly

Fredwasup and I spotted this pole while he was visiting Vancouver for his summer vacation with us. We are on a quest to locate all the publicly accessible totem poles in the Greater Vancouver area, so if you find any that you think we should know about..please tell us about them!

The Whaler's pole represents the whaling tradition of the nu-cha-nuhlth indian people of the west coast of Vancouver Island. Figures from the top to the bottom are the harpooners, assistant whalers, shaman (with lightening snake tongue representing his power), Puk-Ubs (Whaler returned from drowning), and a grey whale held by Puk-Ubs.

The Whaler's pole was commissioned by the UBC Museum of Anthropoloy and raised at this location in 1984.

The pole was designed and carved by Nu-Cha_Nuhlth Artist Art Thompson in 1981-1982. With assistance from Joe David, Duane Pasco, Gene BraBant and Glen Wood.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


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