- Museum number
Totemic doorway; carved of wood; totem pole with doorway carved at bottom, representing an eagle (or thunderbird) and the Raven.
- Production date
- 1897 (before)
- Curator's comments
- Register 1958:
TANU village, MORESBY Island, Queen Charlotte Islands, N.W.C. HAIDA Indians. Removed in 1897 from ruined house.
See Ethdoc 558 - Notes by Cynthia McGowan.
See also Ethdoc 1984 - Letter, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/A Digby, 28.2.1958
Totem Pole (68.1898) Western Red Cedar, Thuja plicate, D.Don. From Queen Charlotte Islands.
"It formed the front and only entrance to the house of Mrs. Thomas Moody. It is made of Cedar (T. gigantes) and is about 20 years old. Its position with regard to the frame of the house is shown in photo no.1. Between the eaves of the totem projected the end of the ridge pole which rested on the top of the totem, helping to keep it in place. The pole was furthermore set about 4 ft. in the ground but had very slight support from the building. It represents the crest of the late owner's family - an eagle over another animal species unknown."
The Hon. James Baker, Provincial Secretary, Citoris, B.C.
- On display (G24)
- Exhibition history
1993-95, London, Museum of Mankind, 'Treasures of the Americas'
2003 15 Dec-Present, British Museum, BM Room 24: Wellcome Trust Gallery, Living and Dying
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Register 1958: " Transferred on the reconversion of the Orangery to its proper use".
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number