Don Yeomans – Totem Poles

Don Yeomans
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Don Yeomans is one of the most highly respected Northwest Coast artists. The quality and innovation in his work place him in the upper echelon of contemporary native artists. He is one of the most accomplished totem pole carvers working today.

Yeomans’ art can be found in numerous private and public collections. Here are some examples of his monumental contribution to the art form.

 

Raven and Eagle Panel

Raven and Eagle Panel
2017
Red cedar, acrylic
This panel was
created for a client
in honour of his
grandparents.
To read the full story
of this commission,
click HERE

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McMichael Commission Totem Pole 

 

The McMichael Collection
2009
Red cedar
Kleinburg, Ontario

 

Vancouver International Airport Pole

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YVR Pole
2006
Red cedar, 34ft
Vancouver International Airport Pole

 

Stanford University Totem Pole

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Stanford Legacy Pole
2003
Red cedar, 40ft
Stanford University

Totem poles are an incredible way to narrate your story. In 2002
Don carved a 40-ft pole for Stanford University. This pole was
commissioned to commemorate the Stanford Legacy, similar to the
way that Haida poles traditionally communicated the histories of
their owners. It chronicles the early death in 1884 of the sole
Stanford heir.

• At the top of the pole Raven is depicted with another small human
between his ears. This figure was included as a memorial to the
sole Stanford child. Raven is shown in communication with Frog,
with their tongues connecting, which can be understood to
reference Raven’sability to communicate with both the supernatural
and natural realms. In this case Raven specifically links the
deceased with the living.

• Below this is Mrs. Stanford, who is shown here as Volcano Woman
who is crying for the untimely loss of her child.

• At the centre of this pole is a human Chief figure holding a
copper shield in his arms. This figure is meant to represent Mr.
Stanford, the patriarch of the family, and the copper is meant to
signify his status, wealth and power.

• The Bear at the base of the totem was included by Yeomans as a
dig at Stanford’s collegiate rival, Berkeley College, whose mascot
is a Bear. Yeomans has only carved half a Bear, as if to say that
Berkeley graduates are only half the men that Stanford graduates
are. The pole was carved from a 400 year old red cedar tree and
stands 40’ tall.

 

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