House post - ROM2005_5605_1


House post

Maker: Oweekeno
Medium:Carved from single piece of cedar
Geography: Rivers Inlet, British Columbia, Canada
Date: late 19th century
289 x 80 cm
Object number: HN18
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionOn the Northwest Coast, massive house structures were made of cedar posts, beams, and planks. This house post, representing a bear, is one of the interior posts that held up the roof beams. The house was home for an extended family and was both shelter and symbol. Family crest figures, such as the bear, exhibited outside and inside the house, displayed family identification and status.
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