Totem poles are, traditionally, monumental carvings made up of symbols or figures carved from large trees that often serve as a functional architectural feature, welcome signs for village visitors, mortuary vessels for the remains of deceased ancestors.
They may embody a historical narrative of significance to the people carving and installing the pole. Given the complexity and symbolic meanings of totem pole carvings, their placement and importance lies in the observer's knowledge and connection to the meanings of the figures and the culture in which they are embedded.
Renown Haida artist, Clarence Mills, and Reclaimed Print Co. have created this unique representation of a totem pole to educate, collect and celebrate the carvings and traditions of the Haida people.
This design depicts Beaver or Xuuya, Haida Raven or Xuuya, Haida Moon or Kuu.ngaay kiixadxa and Haida Eagle or Guudaay.
Reclaimed Print Co. is honoured to have partnered with Clarence Mills in his latest endeavour, creating quality wood prints that are 100% proudly hand made in Canada using locally milled sustainable wood.
Every wood canvas we use will vary with its style of grain, colour and markings. We like to think of it as having its own personality. Due to this your print may look slightly different than the picture shown.
Each wood canvas is surprisingly easy to hang. A routed groove runs the entire width of the print and simply secures with the use of a wall hook or nail.