Mulgrave, the International School of Vancouver, is a gender-inclusive, secular (non-religious), International Baccalaureate (IB) World School predominantly serving the North Shore of Vancouver.
A Symbol of Generosity
We take pride in our multicultural identity and in our community’s tightly-knit bonds, so it is fitting that the totem pole that soars at the front of the school includes crest figures from family lineages across First Nations. Totem poles, or lineage poles as they are also known, are monuments created by First Nations of the Pacific Northwest to document and commemorate histories, events, and ancestors within a family or community.
Mulgrave’s majestic totem pole, donated by a generous alumni family, tells a story through multiple crest figures of families coming together as one over generations. From frogs symbolising luck, prosperity and stability to the intelligent eagle that symbolises power, peace, status and friendship, the cultural mythology of the Northwest Coast is represented by the various crest figures incorporated into this stunning piece of art.
Tom Hunt, the son of Hereditary Chief George Hunt and Mary Hunt, is a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation and the artist responsible for our totem pole. In collaboration with Sean Frank, who assisted him with the project, he included crest figures with lineage extending from his Kwakwaka’wakw Nation into the Squamish Nation.