SGang Gwaay XX

Studies of a mortuary pole at SGang Gwaay from the last half of October 2018.



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At SGang Gwaay last November, this is the same pole as my previous post. It represents a grizzly bear holding a human.

I don’t know the story behind the imagery, but one of the watchmen told me that this mortuary pole was moved from another village when the group moved in with others at SGang Gwaay.

A chief was buried in the top of this pole and there would have been a panel with a carved crest forming a T across the front of the burial chamber at the top.


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