Totem Park (Stanley Park). Totem poles were unique to the aboriginal Native Americans (called "First Nations" in Canada) along the Pacific NW of the U.S. and all along the coastal areas of British Columbia. Each pole tells a story, either historical or mythical. Each animal depicted is symbolic. For instance, the eagle represents the kingdom of the air, the whale the sea, the wolf the genius of the land, and the frog a transitional link between land and sea.