Two photo postcards, aboriginal totem carvings Alert Bay B.C.  c. 1930

$40.00 CAD

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Two nice early B&W photo postcards showing First Nations carvings on tiny Cormorant Island in the Queen Charlotte Straits. This island and its town of Alert Bay are famous for its totem poles.

#1 Large carved bird on top of grave

Written on negative, at bottom:


#2 Two large totems at entrance of building

Written on negative, at bottom:

‘Totem Poles Alert Bay B.C.’

Based on ‘AZO’ photographic paper used, photo dates from 1924-1949.


Some light toning on backs.


Alert Bay is a village on Cormorant Island, in the Regional District of Mount Waddington, British Columbia, Canada. 1,200-1,500 people live within the village.

Up to a half of the village's residents are First Nations people. The village is in traditional Kwakwaka'wakw territory.