Project Description

Ancestor Pole, by Cole Speck

The totem pole is about embracing all generations that were before you.

This ancestor pole honors the souls of those relatives who passed away. The “tree of life” depicting images of lives gone by – giving life to those no longer living.

It is believed the souls of passed persons (their ghosts) have their own villages and social organizations in the spirit world. Shamans are the only members of society who can undertake dangerous voyages to this spirit world. They do so to gather knowledge and retrieve lost or endangered souls.

For us, this pole is about the acceptance of your past, your family and cultural history. It will bring you true wisdom and insight.

Specifications
Medium Sculpture
Year 2019
Dimension (h-w-d) 145 – 49 – 14 cm
Material Red Cedar, pigments, paint
Serial number Original one of a kind hand carved
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About the artist

Cole Speck (1991) grew up in the ‘Namgis Reserve’ in Alert Bay, BC. His traditional name is A’Walas K’anis. Although he is quite young compared to his peers, Cole has been carving for over a decade now and has had the opportunity to work with several expert artists.

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