“Charlie James, son of a non-Native father and a Kwakwaka’wakw mother, was a prolific carver who made full-size and model totem poles, food bowls, and masks. One of his most popular types of totem pole (which remains popular today), was a two-figure version featuring an anthropomorphic being at the bottom and a thunderbird with outstretched wings at the top. Charlie James’s wife, Sara Nina, had several children from a previous marriage, one of whom would become another great Kwakawaka’wakw artist, Mungo Martin.”
Excerpt from Art of the Northwest Coast by Aldona Jonaitis
Spirit Wrestler Gallery
47 Water Street
Canada V6B 1A1
Toll Free: 1-888-669-8813
3 blocks from Waterfront Station
Between Abbott St. and Carrall St.
Monday to Saturday, open 10-6
Sunday and Holidays, open 12-5
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