A movie poster for the Edward S. Curtis movie, In the Land of the Headhunters. The movie was filmed using Kwakwaka'wakw actors. The poster is based on a housepost carved by Charlie James for the movie.
The classic photograph on the left is by Edward Curtis, and features a Kwakiutl Humpspeck Totem pole by my great-grandfather, Charlie James. This was the inspiration for my glass totem pole.
I remember my elder, the late Emma Tamlin, telling me about Spruce Martin, one of the greatest Kwakwaka'wakw dancers. He could dance like a man possessed, his body snaking in and out of the mouths of the Humpspeck totem.
A Humpspeck Totem pole in glass and cedar. This piece has a funny story: It was showing in a gallery in Vancouver, someone broke in and stole this it and didn't touch any of the other art. Not one piece.
The Lattimer Gallery has an Ellen Neel (my grandmother) show opening Saturday, April 5th from 2 to 5 PM. These are her pieces from the 1960's, so it will be worth having a look. 1590 West 2nd Ave. Vancouver