Greg Henderson

Chief Talking Staff

$9,900.00 CAD
  • Chief Talking Staff

Greg Henderson

Chief Talking Staff

$9,900.00 CAD

This Chief Talking Staff was hand-carved by Kwakwaka'wakw artist Greg Henderson of the Wei Wai Kum Nation in Campbell River, BC. It has been carved from yellow cedar and painted in acrylic. The design includes a Thunderbird on top, then a Whale, a Raven, and at the bottom a Bear. The stand represents an Eagle and is carved in red cedar.

Talking Staffs are used in many Northwest Coast Nations. Resembling a small totem pole, a talking stick may be carved with one or several crests. Talking staffs allow for orderly, just and impartial public hearings. It may be passed around a group gathering, with the person holding it being able to speak, or it may be used exclusively by a leader as a symbol of their authority. Talking sticks are not only useful, but also have high ceremonial and spiritual significance.

Not including the stand, the staff measures approximately 66 inches or 168 centimeters high, 19 1/2 inches or 49 1/2 centimeters wide, and 5 1/2 inches or 14 centimeters deep.

When the staff sits inside the stand, the staff and stand together measure approximately 69 inches or 175 centimeters high. The stand by itself measures about 5 1/4 inches or 13 1/2 centimeters high, 12 inches or 30 1/2 centimeters wide, and 9 1/2 inches or 24 centimeters deep.


The price includes shipping to the USA and Canada. Please contact us if you would like a quote to have the mask shipped outside the USA and Canada.

This piece is part of our exhibition “Looking After a Legacy: Through the Grains of Cedar” which opens on September 3rd 2022. While this artwork is available for purchase, we do ask to hold the piece at the gallery until October 3rd 2022 for the first month of the exhibition. We will then ship the piece to you or notify you that it is ready for pickup. If you have any questions please contact us at info@spiritsofthewestcoast.com