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Artist / Maker : Smith, Don
Title : Transformation Pole
Date (Execution) : 1993
Geographical Origin : British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Cherokee (ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ), Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period :
Medium / Material  : Cedar, Red; Paint
Support / Technique : Carved; Painted
Object Type : poles (sculptures)
Visual Description : Thunderbird is shown sheltering a crouching human figure between its wings. The northwest coast motifs on the wings, as well as the facial features and hair are painted red and black. The thunderbird is represented as half eagle and half human. The human figure represents youth. The thunderbird clutches the youth as her own, the wings enveloping youth in the spirit of contentment. The concept and design for this pole was developed specifically for the child and youth care program.
Accession # : U994.29.1
Width (cm) : 72.00
Height (cm) : 222.00
Depth (cm) : 54.00
Mandatory Credit : Gift of multiple departments from the University of Victoria
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