Pitt Rivers Museum

Star House Totem Pole

by Laura Peers with contributions by Jisgang (Nika Collison), Philip Grover, Cara Krmpotich and Christian White


This booklet explains the history and meanings of the Haida totem pole from Star House on Haida Gwaii in northern British Columbia, Canada, that has been in the Pitt Rivers Museum since 1901.

How did this magnificent pole come to the Pitt Rivers Museum and what do the figures on the pole mean? Discover what roles such poles play in Haida society and how the Pitt Rivers Museum is working with Haida people today.

Featuring contributions by members of the Haida Nation, this booklet also reflects the changing relationship between the Pitt Rivers Museum and Indigenous peoples.


Book contains: 20 pages.

Dimensions: 24 x 16.5 x 0.3cm