Collected by the anthropologist Marius Barbeau (b.1883 d. 1969) at Prince Rupert British Columbia in 1915 from a second hand dealer Pilipson who had obtained it directly from the Haida
A translated transcription of Barbeau’s notes reads:
“Small totem, carved and painted (about 25” in height) representing Gunas or The Strong Man who holds between his arms a whale, the head below, that he will tear apart. At the base of the totem, the Grizzly with a frog in his mouth. Purchased at Prince Rupert, BC, in 1915, from the second hand dealer Philipson, who had obtained it in his dealings with the savages, from a Haida. One of the best examples of its kind."
Harold Groves Collection, Toronto, ON
For a discussion of the Strong Man myth among the Haida and numerous examples of model totem poles based on this theme see: Barbeau, Marius. Haida Myths Illustrated in Carvings, Bulleting No. 127, Anthropological Series No. 32. Ottawa: National Museum of Canada, 1953, pages 327-337
For a discussion of the works of John Cross see: Barbeau, Marius. Haida Carvers in Argillite. Bulletin No. 139, Anthropological Series No. 38. Ottawa, National Museum of Canada, 1957, pages 123 - 129