This astonishing pole tells the story of the lazy son - in - law. A diagram was published in 1903 to help explain the Haida legend that had been narrated by Chief Weah of Masset (left). The British Museum had earlier, in 1898, acquired a complete model of a Haida house through Rev. J. H. Keen, a missionary at Masset. Its house pole was almost an exact facsimile of the full sized pole from Kayang. In both works, the Haida house chief sits at the top, holding his club (left).
Pole sits amid the grasses at Skidegate, exerting its authority as an anchoring presence. It speaks of belonging, and is materially of a piece with its natural surroundings. | Royal BC Museum and Archives
Haida--Kunghit (1800-1899). University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology. "Stood outside at the center of the Mountain House, which belonged to the lineage of "Those Born in the Southern Part of the Islands' of the Eagle Moiety of the Kunghit Haida. Stood near the centre of the village facing the beach along a small bay on the east side of Anthony Island. Island and village also called Skunggwai, or Red Cod Island." [#A50018]
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House post inside naagi 7iitl’lxagiid k’aydanggans,“ house chiefs peeped at from a distance,” owned by one of the Chiefs Skidegate. It was collected by anthropologist James Deans in 1892 now at Royal BC Museum. The post has been attributed to Charles Edenshaw although original notes say “made by one of the Edenshaws of Massett.” The angular carving style suggests Charles’ uncle, Albert Edward Edenshaw, may have been the principle carver. It’s also possible they carved tog…