DON YEOMANS COMMISSIONS
Yeomans’ art can be found in numerous private and public collections. Here are some examples of his monumental contribution to the art form.
RAVEN AND EAGLE PANEL
MCMICHAEL COMMISSION TOTEM POLE
The McMichael Collection
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT POLE
Red cedar, 34ft
Vancouver International Airport Pole
STANFORD UNIVERSITY TOTEM POLE
Totem poles are an incredible way to narrate your story. In 2002 Don carved a 40-ft pole for Stanford University. This pole was commissioned to commemorate the Stanford Legacy, similar to the way that Haida poles traditionally communicated the histories of their owners. It chronicles the early death in 1884 of the sole Stanford heir.
• At the top of the pole Raven is depicted with another small human between his ears. This figure was included as a memorial to the sole Stanford child. Raven is shown in communication with Frog, with their tongues connecting, which can be understood to reference Raven’s ability to communicate with both the supernatural and natural realms. In this case Raven specifically links the deceased with the living.
• Below this is Mrs. Stanford, who is shown here as Volcano Woman who is crying for the untimely loss of her child.
• At the centre of this pole is a human Chief figure holding a copper shield in his arms. This figure is meant to represent Mr. Stanford, the patriarch of the family, and the copper is meant to signify his status, wealth and power.
• The Bear at the base of the totem was included by Yeomans as a dig at Stanford’s collegiate rival, Berkeley College, whose mascot is a Bear. Yeomans has only carved half a Bear, as if to say that Berkeley graduates are only half the men that Stanford graduates are. The pole was carved from a 400 year old red cedar tree and stands 40’ tall.
Stanford Legacy Pole, 2003, Red cedar, 40ft, Stanford University