Argillite – Totem Bear with Salmon – VII B 1408.


Reproduction of an argillite carving from an unidentified Haida artist .

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This pole by an unidentified Haida artist depicts Bear and the Raven Steals Halibut Myth: 12.5 cm high. Raven’s beak is broken and hangs below the chin of Raven, disguised as a woman with a labret. Bear holds two whales. The argillite reproduction pieces are moulded from casts of original argillite Haida carvings from the Canadian Museum of History’s collections. Argillite is a soft slate found only on Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands); it was first quarried in the 1820’s on Slatechuck Mountain.

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