Native American Photographs by Edward S. Curtis

Carved posts at Alert Bay

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Carved posts at Alert Bay

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These two heraldic columns at the Nimkish village Yilis, on Cormorant island represent the owner’s paternal crest, an eagle, and his maternal crest, a grizzly-bear crushing the head of a rival chief. On the subject of crests and totem poles, see Volume X, page 140, and illustrations facing pages 8,10,18,20,24,26,34,138,140,174,176, and folio plates 341,350,353.

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Kwakiutl / Kwakwaka'wakw Indians

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