The large-scale production of model totem poles developed in the late 19th century in response to a growing tourist market. The monumental, full-sized poles were icons of native culture, and visitors to the region were fascinated by their impressive scale and complex imagery. Some early models were based on the larger carvings, while others appear to be original compositions of well known clan crest emblems and mythic, supernatural beings. This expertly carved pole was made by one of the best known carvers and exemplifies the finest of the tradition.


  • Title: Model Totem Pole
  • Creator: John Robson
  • Date Created: ca.1890
  • Physical Dimensions: w111 x h901.7 x d139.7 in
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: From the Estelle and Morton Sosland Collection, From the Estelle and Morton Sosland Collection
  • Medium: Wood (yew) and pigment
  • Culture: Haida

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Model Totem Pole (Supplemental)

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