I didn't include this card in our Ezra Meeker tour a few weeks ago, but it tells an important story. Meeker's caption reads, "This curious relic of handy work, removed from a deserted Indian village in Alaska must be seem at close range to appreciate the art in carving and coloring by the natives to be fully appreciated. Some of the figures are supposed to represent Evil Spirit, others a God, and again others as a record of history, all combined making a worthy study for the archeologist. February 1906."
You can read the fascinating true story of the 1899 theft of this totem pole from a Tlingit village here.
Even after cutting it in half, that thing must have been heavy to load by hand on a boat.
Were these totem poles standing cedar trees or were they carved while on the ground and then raised?
L.E. on 28th January 2021 @ 7:48am
I remember in Kalama WA when there were totem poles being made there. You could go off the freeway anywhere along the freeway then and see them being made. My Merz Grandparents, lots of uncles, aunts and cousins lived in Kalama, so we went there often. The Burger Bar was owned by my uncles and his son still runs it.
KAlley on 28th January 2021 @ 9:04am
Where Dave and Dandy ended up:
L.E. on 28th January 2021 @ 2:41pm
Looks like bricks rather than the usual cobble stones lining the tracks.
Kenn on 30th January 2021 @ 5:05pm