Guardian of the Bay
Guardian of the Bay 14”x 17” pen & ink on paper 1998
Welcome Pole, at the village of Karluquees on Turnour Island B.C. This pole belonged to the Tlawit’sis Tribe and was put up by Chief John Speck in the 1920’s. The pole served as a symbol of the Tlawit’sis peoples’ generosity and wealth. Welcome figures are connected to feast and feasts are connected to feeding the body food and the spirit mythology. Upon seeing a Welcome figure in a chief’s village, a visitor knew he would be taken care of and that he was in friendly territory.
Also available as an Open Edition Giclee Print. Please email me for more information.