Kwakwaka'wakw or Kwakiutl Native American Totemic Statues, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, IL (1893). Photograph taken by Charles Francis Himes while at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. From the Charles Francis Himes Family Papers. Archives and Special Collections. Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA. Via Flickr.
Ellen Neel Ellen Neel (1916–1966) was a Kwakwaka'wakw artist woodcarver and is the first woman known to have professionally carved totem poles. She came from Alert Bay, British Columbia, and her work is in public collections throughout the world. Scholar Priya Helweg writes, "Until Ellen Neel emerged as a professional carver in the late 1920's no women are named as carvers in the literature."Neel inspired subsequent First Nation women.