Thunderbird Totem Pole
Henry Vern Robertson

Henry Vern Robertson

Haisla artist Henry Robertson began carving at the age of 10 under the direction of his farther, carver Gordon Robertson. Henry's traditional name is Ga-ba-baawk, which means Ten Ravens in English. A member of the Raven Clan, Ten Ravens grew up in the amalgamated village of Kemano-Kitlope and received his name from his mother's father in a potlach ceremony held at Metlakatla. Ten Ravens' first attempt at wood carving was when his father passed him a piece of wood and a knife, instructing him to carve a miniature totem pole. Through his life, Ten Ravens has pursued many areas of industry including logging, fishing, and railway construction. In 1976 an opportunity to share his culture with First Nations students in the Terrace School system arose and he began teaching an enthusiastic group the ancient arts and culture of his people.
In the many years that Ten Ravens has been carving wood, argillite and soap stone, he has had many exhibitions in galleries throughout Canada and the U.S. Although Ten Ravens produces many smaller carvings, smaller totems and feasting bowls, he especially enjoys carving large, full-scale totem poles. He had the honor of carving a totem pole for his own people, that now resides at the Indian Friendship Centre in Vancouver, as well as carving a miniature totem for the late Emperor Hirohito of Japan. For the past two years Ten Ravens has also been responsible for the presentation of the Aboriginal Pavilion located at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, B.C.

Thunderbird Totem Pole
Thunderbird Totem Pole
Object Origin:
Henry Vern Robertson
Yellow Cedar
8.5 x 3 x 2 in.
Archived Artwork
$765 USD (SOLD)