The park's visitor center and trails contain several different types of poles:
House posts, which were carved as support poles of Tlingit and Haida houses;
Frontal poles, which were placed against or near the front of a house; and
Detached poles, which were place anywhere in or near villages.
They generally convey the ancestry (crest poles) or history (history poles) of a particular clan, folklore or real-life experiences (legend poles), or commemorate a person of importance (memorial/mortuary poles).
Learn more about the history of poles in the park on these pages: