On August 10th 1907, Emily and her sister Alice sailed from Vancouver to Alaska, eventually arriving at Sitka, which had been a Russian trading post for many years before becoming a US naval base. The local Tlingit Nation were renowned for their carving tradition, particularly their totem poles. Without understanding the pole's spiritual function for the Tlingit people, Europeans displayed them as decorative objects. This seemingly benign action was indicative of the deep cultural divide between the two, which would eventually cause conflict.
Art Gallery Of Greater Victoria
c. 1907
Alaska, Sitka, UNITED STATES
Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA
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