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LOT 019

Chief Alfred Joseph
1927 - 2014
Canadian Indigenous

Tsimshian Talking Stick
carved yellow cedar with abalone inlays and copper, circa 1978
59 x 2 1/2 x 3 in, 149.9 x 6.3 x 7.6 cm

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000

Sold for: $3,750

Preview at:

Museum of Vancouver Gift Shop
Acquired from the above in 1978 by the present Private Collection, Vancouver

Derek Simpkins Gallery of Tribal Art, Vancouver, Talking Stick Exhibition, December 1993

The main crests displayed on this talking stick are (from top to bottom): Mosquito with Human and Frog, Beaver and Hawk. This is a very rare late twentieth century example of a Talking Stick.

Chief Alfred Joseph was the lead plaintiff in the 1984 landmark court case Delgamuukw-Gisday'wa v. British Columbia, which challenged the provincial government to recognize the unceded Wet'suwit'en and Gitxsan title to their traditional lands. The case formally began in 1987 and was one of the longest Aboriginal trials in Canadian history. The trial judge dismissed the case in 1991, however the Supreme Court of Canada overturned the dismissal in 1997. The Delgamuukw-Gisday'wa case significantly altered Aboriginal policy in Canada and contributed to the development of contemporary treaty negotiations in Canada.

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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Current bid: $3,000 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

34953 21-Feb-2020 10:53:05 AM $3,000