House Posts (RBCM 2104, 2105)
These are two of four house posts that supported the roof beams of a traditional house in the Huu-ay-aht village of Numnuquamis at the mouth of the Sarita River in Barkley Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. They are said to have belonged to John Mack and were purchased for the Royal BC Museum by collector Dr Charles F. Newcombe in June 1911.
The house posts were exhibited out of context in Thunderbird Park when it was created about 1940. They were placed at each end of the painted facade of an inaccurate version of a six-beam Haida house, where they supported two Haida house beams from T'anuu Llnagaay. They were later moved into the museum and restored.
Under the terms of the Maa-nulth Treaty, which came into effect in 2011, one of these house posts (RBCM 2014, which now stands in the glass enclosure at the Museum’s east doors) will be returned to the Huu-ay-aht First Nations when requested. The other house post (RBCM 2015, which is in the First Peoples gallery) will remain at the Royal BC Museum.
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