Funerary pole carved from bloodwood tree, painted with natural red and yellow ochres, white clay and black from charcoal. At top, head and face. Made by a Gelburn Island born man who had lived on Melville Island since he was about 14 years old. Such poles are set up near and (ultimately) around graves as part of funerary observances.
National Geographic - University Museum Expedition, Jane C. Goodale
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