Exhibit, To The Totem Forests


'Yalis (Alert Bay)

Gwa'yasdams (Gilford Village)

Kalugwis (Turnour Island)

K'we (Mt. Stephens)

'Mi'mkwamlis (Village Island)

T'sadzis'nukwaame' (New Vancouver)

Ts'aa7ahl (Chaatl)

Q'una (Skedans)

Hlragilda (Skidegate)


Pebble Town

Gitwangak (Kitwanga)



Gitanyow (Kitwancool)

Ba'a's (Blunden Harbour)

Xwatis (Quatsino)

Q'una (Skedans)

Hlragilda (Skidegate)

Gitanyow (Kitwancool)

Caynaa (Haina)

Hiellen (Tow Hill)




'The Clothesline, Mamalilicoola, 1930' / Walter Joseph Phillips / Glenbow Collection / RBCM PN01066

"We walked along the neat pathway between the houses and the beach, and passed a number of totems, house-posts, and zunuks (joymen-grotesque and humorous single figures, formerly used at potlatches or other celebrations). Several of the zunuks wore tall hats, reminiscent of those affected by the early Jesuit missionaries. One, fallen from his high estate, (they are usually elevated on poles) and legless, served as a post to hold a family clothes line."
Phillips Wet Paint, n.d.:103

"The nearest figure with Chief's hat is looking out for the arrival of the wife's parents with the return of blankets as part of the dowry transaction at a marriage potlatch."
From C.F. Newcombe fieldnotes April 1912

"Be ready, O chiefs' sons of the tribes! To be my husbands; for I come to make my husband a great chief through my father, for I am mistress, ha ha aya ha ha aya!

"I, mistress, come to be your wife, O princes of the chiefs of the tribes! I am seated on coppers, and have many names and privileges that will be given by my father to my future husband, ha ha aya ha ha aya!"
Song of Chief's Daughter in Boas1921:1314

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