Alexander Clifton Ridley

Raven and the Frog Totem Pole

$9,980.00
  • Raven and the Frog Totem Pole

Alexander Clifton Ridley

Raven and the Frog Totem Pole

$9,980.00

This 5 foot high Red Cedar Raven and the Frog Totem Pole was carved by Alexander Clifton Ridley from the Tsimshian Nation. The Totem pole is 60 inches or 152 centimeters high, up to 18 inches or 46 centimeters wide and 13 inches or 33 centimeters deep. It features 8 copper onlays, 2 each on both the eyes and the noses of the Raven, as well as the Frog.

The totem pole was carved in 2011 and was part of the artist's personal collection until April 2018.

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The following describes the inspiration for this totem pole:

"Alexander Ridley was living in Dodge Cove across the harbour from Prince Rupert which had been originally occupied by the people called the Gispaxloats in the village Kanagatsiyot. According to Ts'msyen stories (one told by his grandfather in Ts'msyen Narratives collection) it was the birth place of Txaamsen, the teacher and trickster represented by Raven in Ts'msyen culture.

Alexander was working on a small totem pole with this story in mind, when a Raven landed in the yard beside a rock where he often hid his food. There were also some frogs in the yard that were eating flies that had just hatched. The frogs went over to the Raven, who nudged them but did not hurt them or eat them. This continued on until Raven flew away.

Frogs represent the connection between land and water, the natural and supernatural shaman's world and they are givers of knowledge.

Feeling that it was a gift to have seen something so unusual, Alexander decided to carve Frog together with the Raven on this pole, inspired by the birth place of Raven, as well as his own experience with Raven and the Frogs."