Artist: Troy Roberts
Tribal affiliation: Kwakiutl
Thunderbird / Killer Whale:
Totem poles, each carved from a single cedar trunk, are among the largest works created by Northwest Coast artists. Traditionally, free-standing totem poles were placed before houses to proclaim the identity and status of the owners; some, called housefront poles, stood up against the centre front of houses. These and other types of poles were carved or carved and decorated with paint to display the owners' family history, ancestors, crests and myths.
Please Note: this is a small totem pole representing the above descriptive text; the true measurements are below.
Carved from red cedar with acrylic paint and varathane - all Canadian products -