dłidłam (Grizzly Bear House Post)

About this object

Narrative

Displayed here are two pairs of interior posts from the lineage house of K̓odi (Dick Webber), a Dzawada’enuxw head chief of the Lelawagila na’mima, or clan. Carved to represent grizzly bears, the posts are said to be the work of Awalaskinis, a carver from the Walas na’mima of another Kwakwaka’wakw tribe, the Mamalilikala of Village Island. Photographs of the village in the 1950s show the house posts still standing, while the crossbeams and split-cedar wall planks are no longer in place.

Physical description

Two wood interior house posts (parts a-b) carved in the form of grizzly bear standing upright with his hind legs bent. Both posts are missing its front legs. The heads of the bears are identical with large protruding snouts, deeply carved eyes, carved nostrils and bared teeth. The head on part a is slightly rounded while that of part b is squared. Each has a rectangular wooden protrusion at the top middle forehead. Part b is missing its hind paws making it shorter then part a.