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Totem Park, UBC, Vancouver, Kwakiutl (#2 + 5 carved by Mungo Martin), Alert Bay sea lion pole #2, new Mungo Martin pole #5, frontal pole #6, eagle crest pole #7

This pole was on display at UBC in Totem Park in the 1960’s and 1970’s and moved to the Museum in the late 1970’s. It was carved in 1914 in Tsaxis (Fort Rupert) by George Hunt Sr. for the Edward S. Curtis film "In the Land of the War Canoes" which was originally titled "In the Land of the Head Hunters". The pole was collected by Marius Barbeau and Arthur Price in 1947. The pole was repaired and re-painted by carvers Ellen Neel in 1949 and Mungo Martin in 1950-51. It stood at Totem Park, UBC Campus until it was re-located to the Museum's Great Hall in 1976.

Iconography: Kolus is a young thunderbird. Thunderbird is a supernatural bird identifiable by the presence of ear-like projections or horns on the head, and a re-curved beak. The pole alludes to the story of Tongas people in south Alaska, who migrated south.

Alert Bay memorial pole

Image of a memorial pole at Alert Bay. Inscription at the bottom held by the figure reads "In loving memory of Tlaowa Latle of the Qiowasudinuk (Kwakwaka'wakw: Kwikwasut'inuxw) Tribe. Died Nov. 9 [rest of inscription illegible].

William Carr

Chief Mungo Martin memorial

Image of the memorial held for the Kwakiutl Chief Mungo Martin, showing the backs of two figures walking away from the camera. One is wearing ceremonial dress. There is a cross in the ground in the foreground, and buildings in the background.

Anthony Carter

Alert Bay, Johnson Strait

Image of a totem pole near a graveyard. This image is printed on page 26 of Carter's book "from History's Locker," with the caption: "View from the graveyard at Alert Bay looking across Johnston straits toward Vancouver Island."

Anthony Carter

Chief Johnson, Fort Rupert, Alert Bay

Image of Chief Johnson of Fort Rupert, BC. A similar image of him is printed on page 36 of Carter's book "From History's Locker," with the caption: "He is the Head Chief over all Kwakiutl Nation, his Indian name is 'Kla-Kwa-Gila' which means, 'Place where they make coppers." At 97 years he is a fine looking man."

Anthony Carter

Chief Johnson, Fort Rupert, Alert Bay

Image of Chief Johnson of Fort Rupert BC with a group of three men and one woman (all unidentified). A portrait of Johnson from what appears to be the same photoshoot is printed on page 36 of Carter's book From History's Locker, with the caption: "He is the Head Chief over all Kwakiutl Nation, his Indian name is 'Kla-Kwa-Gila' which means, 'Place where they make coppers." At 97 years he is a fine looking man."

Anthony Carter

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