Related Information

EMILY CARR

There were many fine totem poles in Cha-atl — Haida poles, tragic and fierce. The wood of them was bleached out, but looked green from the mosses which grew in the chinks, and the tufts of grass on the heads of the figures stuck up like coarse hair. The human faces carved on the totem poles were stern and grim, the animal faces fierce and strong; supernatural things were pictured on the poles too. Everything about Cha-atl was so vast and deep you shrivelled up.

Klee Wyck 1941



ALTERNATE TITLE: Cha-atl, Field with Poles

PERIOD / STYLE: Early Totems (1911-1913)

INSCRIPTIONS RECTO (FRONT): Signature: M EMILY CARR; Dated

EXHIBITION HISTORY

1971 Emily Carr: a centennial exhibition celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of her birth organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery travelling to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (cat. 46)

PROVENANCE

William Arnold Newcombe, Victoria
Purchased by the BC Archives, 1961, Newcombe Collection

LOCATION: Haida Gwaii map