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Multi-figure Nuu-chah-nulth Totem


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This large pole was “donated to a church on the northern tip of Vancouver Island for a fundraiser” sometime around 1905. The pole is carved in a primitive folk-art style that is correct for the period. The imagery on this pole is quite fascinating and includes a large bird whose wings form the face of a composite creature holding what appears to be a whale or fish. Below that is what appears to be a Sisiutl, or three-headed sea serpent. Under the Sisiutl is a pair of animal heads flanking the pole, perhaps wolves, over a colonial bald eagle. This pole is a large and early Nuu-chah-nulth totem carving with some rare and interesting imagery. 7' H

PERIOD: Early 20th Century

ORIGIN: Northwest - Nuu-chah-Nulth, Native American

SIZE: 7' H

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