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Remains of what is most likely a mortuary pole. The pole represents Duk-toohl (black skin), who was considered lazy but secretely trained to gain strength. One day he displayed his strength on a hunt when he split a sea liion in two. The  figure on the pole can be seen splitting the sea lion. The creatures back flippers are at the neck of Duk-toohl.

Remains of what is most likely a mortuary pole. The pole represents Duk-toohl (black skin), who was considered lazy but secretely trained to gain strength. One day he displayed his strength on a hunt when he split a sea liion in two. The figure on the pole can be seen splitting the sea lion. The creatures back flippers are at the neck of Duk-toohl.

Mortuary pole erected for Gwa.igixa, a name which reffered to the medicinal plant. Gwa.igixa was of the Dijigua Town People, one of the Eagle families who occupied the village. Once above the carved ealge was a plaque that had a painted Eagle design.

Mortuary pole erected for Gwa.igixa, a name which reffered to the medicinal plant. Gwa.igixa was of the Dijigua Town People, one of the Eagle families who occupied the village. Once above the carved ealge was a plaque that had a painted Eagle design.

This mortuary was for a niece of Chief Skedans. On the front plaque was a mountain goat. At the top of the post was a grizzly bear holding a small killer whale. On the face of the post five coppers were incised, two on each side and one at the front.<br /><br />The pole is shown here after a tree split the upper section from the lower standing section.

This mortuary was for a niece of Chief Skedans. On the front plaque was a mountain goat. At the top of the post was a grizzly bear holding a small killer whale. On the face of the post five coppers were incised, two on each side and one at the front.<br /><br />The pole is shown here after a tree split the upper section from the lower standing section.

Left: Mortuary pole erected for Gwa.igixa, a name which reffered to the medicinal plant. Gwa.igixa was of the Dijigua Town People, one of the Eagle families who occupied the village. Once above the carved ealge was a plaque that had a painted Eagle design. <BR><BR>Right: Mortuary Pole erected for Xaosti, an owner of a house in the village of Skedans. The pole has the figure of a Killer Whale eating a seal at the base, above is a grizzly bear eating a boy. The pole originally had a...

Left: Mortuary pole erected for Gwa.igixa, a name which reffered to the medicinal plant. Gwa.igixa was of the Dijigua Town People, one of the Eagle families who occupied the village. Once above the carved ealge was a plaque that had a painted Eagle design. <BR><BR>Right: Mortuary Pole erected for Xaosti, an owner of a house in the village of Skedans. The pole has the figure of a Killer Whale eating a seal at the base, above is a grizzly bear eating a boy. The pole originally had a...

In the foreground, an eagle mortuary from the Alder House. Behind it, the grizzly bear mortuary.

In the foreground, an eagle mortuary from the Alder House. Behind it, the grizzly bear mortuary.

This photograph shows the poles as they are being reclaimed by the vegetation. The two-finned killer whale mortuary in the foreground has a tree growing through the entire lower section of the pole.

This photograph shows the poles as they are being reclaimed by the vegetation. The two-finned killer whale mortuary in the foreground has a tree growing through the entire lower section of the pole.

A mortuary pole raised for a woman from Djigua Town People. The pole originally had a plague at the top with the face of grizzly bear. Below the plague is a bird figure, likely a Raven or a cormorant, and a grizzly at the base.

A mortuary pole raised for a woman from Djigua Town People. The pole originally had a plague at the top with the face of grizzly bear. Below the plague is a bird figure, likely a Raven or a cormorant, and a grizzly at the base.

The two-finned killer whale mortuary is shown here with a tree growing through the base of the pole. The teeth of the killer whale are still visible at the bottom.

The two-finned killer whale mortuary is shown here with a tree growing through the base of the pole. The teeth of the killer whale are still visible at the bottom.

Mortuary pole erected for Gwa.igixa, a name which reffered to the medicinal plant. Gwa.igixa was of the Dijigua Town People, one of the Eagle families who occupied the village. Once above the carved ealge was a plaque that had a painted Eagle design.

Mortuary pole erected for Gwa.igixa, a name which reffered to the medicinal plant. Gwa.igixa was of the Dijigua Town People, one of the Eagle families who occupied the village. Once above the carved ealge was a plaque that had a painted Eagle design.

Mortuary pole erected for Gwa.igixa, a name which reffered to the medicinal plant. Gwa.igixa was of the Dijigua Town People, one of the Eagle families who occupied the village. Once above the carved ealge was a plaque that had a painted Eagle design.

Mortuary pole erected for Gwa.igixa, a name which reffered to the medicinal plant. Gwa.igixa was of the Dijigua Town People, one of the Eagle families who occupied the village. Once above the carved ealge was a plaque that had a painted Eagle design.

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