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9. Totem Poles
  • E.S. Tucker
  • 9. Totem Poles, circa 1900
  • Alaska
  • Where object was made: District of Alaska (present-day Alaska) United States
  • glass lantern slide
  • Object Height/Width: 8.3 x 10.1 cm
    Object Height/Width: 3 1/4 x 4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7913
Description

Glass lantern slide of two carved totem poles, with a body of water and a forest in the background. The totem pole on the facing left has carvings of several figures, both human and animal, atop each other. The figure at the top is wearing a very tall hat. The totem pole on the facing right has a mostly plain trunk with animal tracks carved into it. At the top is a three-dimensional carving of an animal, possibly a bear, holding its legs into its body and oriented horizontally.