Day 196: Kwanusila

Kwanusila, the thunderbird, is an authentic Kwagulth Indian totem pole carved in red cedar by Tony Hunt of Fort Rupert of British Columbia.

The crests carved upon the totem pole represent Kwansula, the thunderbird, a whale with a man on its back and a sea monster.

Kwanusila is an exact replica of the original Kraft Lincoln Park totem pole, which was donated to the city of Chicago by James L. Kraft on June 20, 1929 and stood on this spot until October 9, 1985.

Kwanusila is dedicated to the school children of Chicago, and was presented to the city of Chicago by Kraft Inc. on May 21, 1985.

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