Shadfly Folk Art Gallery and Antiques

 “Eagle And Whale Totem By Jimmy Chester, Ucluelet, B.C.


PhilShadfly Folk Art Gallery and Antiques is located in Port Dover, Ontario
  1.  “Eagle and whale totem by Jimmy Chester, Ucluelet, B.C. “ Jimmy Chester was born in a village near Nitinaht, where his people have lived for centuries, in 1940 with no doctors present. Growing up, no English was spoken in his home.  Jimmy did not attend school, but learned everything he knows from his Grandfather, who was a whaler in his village.  He taught Jimmy how to carve harpoons with mussel shell spears to hunt whales, and paddles for their canoes.  At the age of two, Jimmy composed his first song, which led to a life time of singing, dancing, and carving. Still living in the same village where he was born, Jimmy is now retired, but spent decades teaching the youth in his village their traditional language, culture, and history.  He has built long houses, canoes, and other artwork that has been purchased by collectors and museums around the world Signed on the bottom. Not dated. Circa 1980. 15 ½” tall. In excellent original condition with aged patina. The base is 7” x 7”