Image of a darkened corner in the Potlatch Gallery with a cedar chest visible in the foreground. Corner of the Potlatch Gallery showing a large cedar post and a group of wolf masks. Corner of the Potlatch Gallery showing a group of masks and headdresses from the potlatch collection View from the west end of the Potlatch Gallery showing the north side and entrance wall.

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'Naka’pankam’ - Mungo Martin

Colour photograph of Mungo Martin wearing frontlet with ermine trim and abalone, shoulders and chest in button blanket

Born around 1881 in Tsaxis (Fort Rupert), Mungo Martin is one of the most celebrated Kwakwaka’wakw carvers of the 20th Century. When Martin was an infant, his mother initiated rituals to ensure he would become a great carver and song composer. Martin studied carving under his father-in-law, the renowned artist Charlie James. (James carved both of the totem poles inside U’mista). Martin was a tremendously important cultural leader and he hosted the first legal potlatch after the lifting of the ban in 1951. You can find Martin’s work in museum collections around the world.