Totem Walk, Sitka

Chapter Ten         Killer Whale

Totem Walk, Sitka, watercolor, 1907, 38.5 x 38.5 cm. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
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They entered an alley of spruce with poles at regular intervals...She was swept away by their depictive power and ingenuity. The more she learned about them, the less bizarre they seemed....

She imagined Tlingit families loving the pole-to-come enough to travel great distances in canoes to get the minerals, transporting the powders in painted skin pouches cradled in hands that knew their worth. The thought made her inexpressibly happy....

Ted scratched his bushy sideburn. "Which one do you want to paint?"

"Why not that diving killer whale? I like the way it's balanced on its nose."