Crest Pole Figure Model

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Topic
Ethnology
Data Source
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Donor Name
Vincent Colyer
Collector
Vincent Colyer
Length
39cm
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Place
Fort Simpson, British Columbia, Canada, North America
Accession Date
1872
Specimen Count
3
Notes
Source of the information below: Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Alaska Native Collections: Sharing Knowledge website, by Aron Crowell, entry on this artifact http://alaska.si.edu/record.asp?id=510, retrieved 4-24-2012: Crest pole figure (model) This carving of a thunderbird carrying human beings beneath its wings was copied from a totem pole that stood in front of a Tsimshian or Haida clan house at Port Simpson, British Columbia during the mid-19th century. Vincent Colyer, an artist and Board of Indian commissioner who purchased this model of the pole, wrote on a paper tag still affixed to the back that, "Indian tradition is that this was the sacred bird which brought over their ancestors from Asia." This interpretation has not been verified and the story of the image in clan history has yet to be recorded.
Record Last Modified
1 Dec 2014
Object Type
Totem Pole Model
Accession Number
002478
USNM Number
E11374-0
Culture
Haida
Tsimshian