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TSIMSHIAN (Pacific NW Coast, Alaska, BC) Crest Pole

Tsimshian House front pole called Hole in the Sky. “Hole” was the entry so that anyone who came or went re-enacted the ancestral cosmic passage between this world and the otherworld.

Chief Shakes, Wrangel, AK. A masters hands!

A Tlingit First Nation memorial pole: Chief Shakes, Wrangel, Alaska "A sculptural Masterpiece!

Pacific North West

Memorial Totem Pole of Skim-sim and Will-a-daugh. Replica is named the Gitxsan Pole, 1960 Carvers: Mungo Martin, Henry Hunt and Tony Hunt

Tlingit totem poles, Northwest Coast of North America, ca. 1905 :: American Indians of the Pacific Northwest -- Image Portion

Tlingit totem poles, Northwest Coast of North America, ca. 1905 :: American Indians of the Pacific Northwest -- Image Portion

Tlingit man named Andy Mather carving a totem pole, Wrangell, Alaska, 1939. :: American Indians of the Pacific Northwest -- Image Portion

Tlingit man named Andy Mather carving a totem pole, Wrangell, Alaska, :: American Indians of the Pacific Northwest -- Image Portion

Native Canadian sculptor and artist  Bill Reid (1920-1998) was from the Haida region of Canada

Native Canadian sculptor and artist Bill Reid was from the Haida region of Canada

Kwakwaka'wakw totem pole.

(Totems are representations of the Gods, and this one puts humans at the bottom of the pole, with Birdlike 'Gods' at the top, this is similar to cultures found across the planet).

a view of Kadashan house and totem poles at the village Kaachxan.áak’w (translated as Little Lake Accessible to the People), labeled “Kadeshan Totems, Wrangell, Alaska,” photo by Worden, circa 1900.

a view of Kadashan house and totem poles at the village Kaachxan.áak’w (translated as Little Lake Accessible to the People), labeled “Kadeshan Totems, Wrangell, Alaska,” photo by Worden, circa 1900.

Totem pole by Chief Tony Hunt of the Kwakiutl                                                                                                                                                                                 More

Totem pole by Chief Tony Hunt of the Kwakiutl Tribe located in the Pacific Northwest Coast, USA.

Tlingit Artist Wayne Carlick .at Capilano Suspension Bridge,.Vancouver,.British Columbia, Canada by Christian Heeb

once a useful form degraded to merely a pretty deco piece, "one has to have a living" - Tlingit "Artist" Wayne Carlick .at Capilano Suspension Bridge,.British Columbia, Canada by Christian Heeb

Cowichan Indian totem (inside house posts)

Cowichan NA totems. These totems are inside house posts, originally they would have stood inside the house and supported house beams.

Ellen Neel (Kwakwaka'wakw), Totem World

Ellen Neel (Kwakwaka'wakw), Totem World

Kwakiutl artist David Neel carving a totem pole from red cedar in North Vancouver, Canada

Kwakiutl artist David Neel carving a totem pole from red cedar in North Vancouver, Canada

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