Thunderbird Totem Pole Model (based on the Kwakwaka'wakw Totem Poles which belonged to Nimpkish Chief Tlah-Co-Glass, Alert Bay, British Columbia)

Tlingit, Northwest Coast


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collected 1943-1959

Wood and paint

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: The Wellington Indian Doll Collection Gift of Barbara Wellington Wells



North America, United States


20th century

Object Name



Native American

Native American: Northwest Coast

Not on view


Stamped: U.S. I.D. / ALASKAN INDIAN; inscribed, in graphite, on wings: "Thunderbird"

Course History

WRIT 5, On Poor Taste, William Boyer, Winter 2015

Exhibition History

Northern Montana College, Havre, Montana, 1954.

Montana Club

Historical Society of Montana, Helena, Montana, 1955.

Braves and Dolls: American Indian Costume in Miniature Dartmouth College Museum, Wilson Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1969.


Possibly acquired through the Alaska Native Arts and Crafts Cooperative (ANAC); possibly purchased at Kaye‘s, Fairbanks, Alaska; sold to J. W. "Duke" Wellington (1896-1987), 1943-1959; given to his daughter, Barbara Joan Wellington Wells, Barre, Vermont; given to present collection, 1987.

Old Number

Wellington #11

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