Recently while doing research on the lost pole of the Talapus Tillicum Chapter lodge member B. Noonan shared some old photographs. In one of the old photographs was a totem pole that the lodge leadership had never seen before, nor has it been mentioned in any of the lodge records that are currently available. This is why we need your help!
We currently believe the pole is of a whale due to the blunt "wolf like" head, however the crest lacks a dominate dorsal fin and an obvious blowhole, so there is a chance it might be a stylized salmon. It was carved after 1963 and was lost before the mid 1980's. The bottom starts with a round tooth filled head then it is shaped like the side of a fish tapering to a flat vertical tail. There is a yellow painted vertebrate design on the sides, and a carving on top of the back that is hard to discern from the photo. It almost looks like a chain of frogs.
The pole on the right is the now lost Talapus Tillicum Pole that was original subject of the research.
Thank you for your help in preserving the lodge's history!
Old Photograph, New Mystery