Stoneribs Pole, Corey Bulpitt (Haida), 132"' x 28" x 13", $65,000

Original size is 238 × 650 pixels

This is the pole story as told by Corey “This pole is a representation of the Haida myth about Stoneribs a Haida Strongman. In this myth his 8 brothers are eaten by the giant mythical crab named K’uust’aan. Distraught Stoneribs searches for a way to fight the giant creature and retrieve his brothers. He sees an Eagle holding a Halibut with a copper tail and fins indicating it is a supernatural halibut. As he watches the Eagle drops the fish into a tidal pool near him. Stoneribs quickly retrieves the Halibut and takes it into the forest to try and skin it knowing the skin of supernatural beings have powers. After a few failed attempts to skin the creature properly he is finally successful. He is now able to wear the skin and become a supernatural X’aaguu or Halibut himself. He sets forth The poles main figure is that of a halibut with his head at the bottom of the pole and his tail is at the top with Stoneribs himself looking on with confidence and pride as he has just rescued his brothers who are represented in the 8 faces that are seen on the back of the giant fish. Three of these are full frontal view carved faces and 5 are side profile faces carved around the halibuts body and the three frontal view faces. The pole uses adze texturing and knife finish to show the skills of the carver. No sanding is involved on the whole surface. It has been left natural (without paint) to show the beauty of the natural wood grain as it changes from the carved surfaces creating beautiful swirls and patterns, again also showing the skills involved in completing the carving.