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Alaskan Totem


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Alaskan black diamond hand carved totem pole from Alaskan Native yellow cedar. Not Native carved but remains highly collectible. Features motif from a legend of "Fog Woman." On the undersigned it is signed by "Patrick Seale" and includes a small pamphlet with the legend that reads: The Legend of Fog Woman - Raven and his two men wre fishing in a canoe. They had travelled further out in the water than they had ever gone before. Soon they were engulfed by a dense fog. The fog was so dense that the trio lost their balance and did not know where they were. Suddenly, on the bow of the canoe appeared a beautiful woman. "I will show you the way to my village and to safety," she said. Of course, Raven and the men followed her. After a short time, Raven fell in love with Fog Woman, and they were married. They were very happy until a food shortage befell the village. Everyone was short of food except Fog Woman, who always had plenty of salmon in her cooking pot. Being a very curious creature, Raven follows Fog Woman to the creek. There he witnesses her swirl her fingers in the water and out jump beautiful salmon. He asks how she makes this happen, but she won't tell him. Raven grumbles and returns to the village. Again, Raven asks how she produces the salmon. She refuses to tell him. This time Raven says "If you won't tell me, then be gone!" At this she turns into Fog and rolls out to sea calling "I will come to you only as Fog, but I will return salmon to the streams each year so you and the village will have plenty of food." That is how we get Salmon and Fog today. This hand carved totem is made of old growth Native yellow cedar grown deep in the rain forests of Southeast Alaska.

PERIOD: Last Half 20th Century

ORIGIN: Alaska, United States

SIZE: 10 1/2" x 6"

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