Model Totem Pole

British Columbia, Canada

Northwest Coast

Carved by Charlie James Yakuglas (1867-1937)

Carved wood, pigments
Circa 1920s
Height: 14 ½ in. (37.5 cm)

Price: sold

America – Northwest Coast
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Charlie James (1867–1937) was a premier carver and painter from the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation of British Columbia. Also known by his ceremonial name Yakuglas, he was a prolific artist and activist during a period of severe oppression for First Nations people in Canada.

This sculpture is the miniature version of a memorial pole, raised to honor a deceased shaman or chief.
The wolf and thunderbird were important family crests associated with powerful tutelary spirits.