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Mungo Martin

Mungo Martin wearing a button blanket, 1962. Photograph courtesy Jim Ryan. RBCM PN13492.
Mungo Martin is one of the 20th century’s most distinguished Kwakwaka'wakw carvers. He was born about 1881 at Tsaxis (Fort Rupert) on Vancouver Island. Following the death of Martin’s father, his mother married the gifted carver Charlie James. Under James’ tutelage, Martin developed his artistic skills along with a profound understanding of traditional Kwakwaka’wakw culture. When the decision was made to replace the original totem poles on display in Thunderbird Park, the museum invited Martin to undertake the project. Between 1952 and 1962 he created replica poles as well as new poles for Thunderbird Park, and sent others poles around the world, including the Centennial Pole presented to Queen Elizabeth in 1958 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of British Columbia. This pole stands in Windsor Great Park near London, England. 
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