Photostory #203L: 5th Generation Totem Carver
National Film Board of Canada
March 31, 1959
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Ellen Neel is the 5th generation of a famous British Columbia Indian family to devote her talents to the native North American art of totem carving. A member of the Kwakiutl tribe from the Alert Bay area of B.C., Mrs. Noel's totem poles are in museums and private collections throughout the world. Most poles are composed of her own family totem emblems, the thunderbird, bear, whale and sea otter.