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George Nelson

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Thunderbird on top, double eagle front, with two totem poles
Carved and painted Blanket Chest
native historical
18 x 39 x 16 (in)

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Not Much is known of George Nelson, but he was an active carver from the late 1800's to the 1930's or later. The "Place of Origin" for the Quatsino people is Xwatis (Hwates) in Quatsino Sound, Northern end of Vancouver Island. Xwatis was known for its monumental houses and totem poles. Edward Curtis photographed the ancestral figure with a whale on its chest and coppers on its arms for his epic on North American Indians. One of Georges masterpieces is the famed Sea Lion Houseposts at Quattishe, a southern Kwakwaka'wakw village on Quatsino Sound. The large ancestor figure, carved by George Nelson in 1906, supported the main roof beam at the back of the house. The figure has a whale on its chest and coppers on its arms, and stands behind the seat of honour, a plank supported by two kneeling figures. Works by this master come up infrequently, and are rare even in museums.

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