Midweek Modness: Wounded Totem Pole

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Here is a wounded, West Coast style souvenir totem pole. It’s missing its wings and the beak of the bird has broken off. I imagine there was a stand there as well. These carvings were popular mementos for tourists along the BC ad Alaska coasts back in the day. Judging by the colours I’d say it was from the 1950s or 1960s, but I’m not an expert.

It doesn’t matter if its in a state of disrepair to me.I love it if only because the bear is eating a salmon. Maybe I will collaborate with the spirit of the person who originally created this piece and fit it with a new pair of wings.