• Creator
  • Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952
  • Created Date
  • 1914
  • Description
  • Houses and totem poles. This village of Tsahi was founded in 1840 when the tribe abandoned Kalokwis on Turnour Island in order to be near the Hudson's Bay Company post which was being established at Fort Rupert on Vancouver Island. The totem pole in the foreground commemorates the legendary history of a Tsimshian family. Its presence in this Kwakiutl settlement is due to the following circumstances. A party of Seattle men, cruising in Alaska, ... more
    Houses and totem poles. This village of Tsahi was founded in 1840 when the tribe abandoned Kalokwis on Turnour Island in order to be near the Hudson's Bay Company post which was being established at Fort Rupert on Vancouver Island. The totem pole in the foreground commemorates the legendary history of a Tsimshian family. Its presence in this Kwakiutl settlement is due to the following circumstances. A party of Seattle men, cruising in Alaska, innocently removed a totem pole from what they supposed was an abandoned village, and placed it in a public square of their city. In reality the inhabitants of the Alaskan village were only temporarily absent, and when they returned and learned of the spoliation, there was a protest. The news finally reached Fort Rupert where there lived a prominent member of the wronged family, the aged Tsimshian widow of a former employee of the Hudson's Bay Company. In order to wipe out the stain on the family name, she had a local carver produce a... less
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