Argillite – Totem of Beaver, Bear and Killer Whale – VII B 1911


Reproduction of an argillite carving from Denny Dixon, a Haida artist .

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This pole, created by Haida artist Denny Dixon, depicts Beaver, Bear and Killer Whale: 25 cm high. The argillite reproduction pieces in high density resin 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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