Almost six feet tall with a four foot wingspan, this colorful and impressive cedar totem carved by the master carver, Don Lelooska, features a Thunderbird, Whale and Tsonoqua. Excellent condition with a few very minor scuffs. 71" tall with a 49 1/2" wingspan, circa 1980s.
Lelooska (known alternately as Don Smith, Don Lelooska and Chief Lelooska) carved many iconic totem poles in the American Northwest, including the world's tallest single-piece carved totem, a 140 foot red cedar in Kalama, Washington.
The totem offered is one of four Lelooska carvings in the auction, along with lots by other distinguished contemporary Northwest Coast carvers such as Mili Johnson and Patty Fawn.
Brian Lebel's High Noon Auction, Jan 24, 2015