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Memorial pole

Description

Nisga'a memorial pole, of red cedar, carved in memory of Tsawit, a Nisga'a chief of British Columbia, Canada, it shows a series of interlocking figures relating to Tsawit's family's history through his ancestors, family crests, and his clan, the Raven clan: North America, Canada, British Columbia, Nass River Valley, Angyada, Tsimshian, Nisga'a, by Oyea Tait, c. 1855

Museum reference

A.1930.291

Collection

Americas

Object name

Memorial pole

Production information

Tait, Oyea, 1855 (fl.), Master-carver
Angyada, Nass River, British Columbia, Canada, North America
Gwanes, 1855 (fl.), Assistant carver
Angyada, Nass River, British Columbia, Canada, North America

Date

c. 1855

Style / Culture

Nisga'a, Tsimshian, Northwest Coast, Indigenous North American

Materials

Cedar

Physical description

Wood, red cedar; carved with totems, or crests, of Tsawit's family

Collection place(s)

Angyada, Nass River, British Columbia, Canada, North America

Associations

Tsawit

Exhibitions

  • Living Lands (29 Jul 2011)
    National Museum of Scotland

References

Nisga'a Treaty Negotiations: Agreement-in-Principle / Government of Canada, Province of British Columbia, Nisga'a Tribal Council

Kerr, Robert, 'A Totem Pole from the Nass River, British Columbia.' MAN xxxi (1931): 20-21.

Barbeau, Marius, Totem Poles: Totem poles according to crests and topics. Bulletin No. 119. Vol. 1. Canada: National Museum of Canada. n.d.

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