26" high, red cedar.
Five generations of the Williams family have been carving and selling totem poles. They are well known on Vancouver Island, in the lower mainland, and in Seattle Washington. Rita Williams is a member of the Ditidaht Nation, now living in Vernon, B.C.
Rita continues the family tradition carving totem poles. Some are painted, some stained, some have abalone insets. Some are simply carved and some are ornate, with cut-through designs. And they are alive with carved figures of frogs, killer whales, salmon, thunderbird and more, designs passed on through the family.
Rita’s brother John T. Williams carved for a living, as do most of the Williams clan. He was carrying a board and small, folding pocket knife used for carving when when a Seattle police officer shot him. Ian Bark alleged he believed the carving knife was a weapon.