A very strong totem. This family valued the raising of children above all else. The bear mother ferociously defends her children against enemies. Notice the child in bear mother’s arms is human. The Indians of this specific coast believed bears could transform at will from beast to human. Carved sometime in the 1st half of the 20th century. This was on display since the early 1970’s behind glass at a Vancouver shopping mall. The mall purchased in 2016 by the Chinese, who placed the entire Northwest carving collection at auction. Norman Tait was born in the Nishga village of Kincolith on the lower Nass River. Tait and his father Josiah Tait, completed a pole for the village of Port Edward. A Second pole was carved in 1975 for the Coast Tsmishian community of Port Simpson. The following year, Tait participated at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology, in the restoration of a totem pole from the Nass River village of Gitex. Stimulated by the experience of working with this fine old pole he has become increasingly aware of old Tsimshian pieces. Tait has proceeded to concentrate on defining the nuances of the style that are the essence of Tsimshian sculpture and design.
PERIOD: First half 20th Century
SIZE: 96”h x 27”w