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Discusses the artistic culture of woodcarving, with step-by-step directions for carving Native American designs
Identifies and summarizes thousands of books, article, exhibition catalogues, government publications, and theses published in many countries and in several languages from the early nineteenth century to 1981.
A well-illustrated guidebook that includes the history of totem-pole carving and its West Coast native tradition, and instructions and ideas on how to design and carve a totem-pole as either a traditional design or in a personal folk-art motif.
Joseph Hillaire (Lummi, 1894–1967) is recognized as one of the great Coast Salish artists, carvers, and tradition-bearers of the twentieth century. In A Totem Pole History, his daughter Pauline Hillaire, Scälla–Of the Killer Whale (b. 1929), who is herself a well-known cultural historian and conservator, tells the story of her father’s life and the traditional and contemporary Lummi narratives that influenced his work. A Totem Pole History contains seventy-six photographs, including Joe’s most significant totem poles, many of which Pauline watched him carve. She conveys with great insight the stories, teachings, and history expressed by her father’s totem poles. Eight contributors provide essays on Coast Salish art and carving, adding to the author’s portrayal of Joe’s philosophy of art in Salish life, particularly in the context of twentieth century intercultural relations. This engaging volume provides an historical record to encourage Native artists and brings the work of a respected Salish carver to the attention of a broader audience.
This book guides readers to the many places in British Columbia, Washington, and Alaska where totem poles can be found and helps viewers understand the "language" of the poles. Learn about their origin and history, the symbols and ceremonies linked to them, types of figures and how to identify them, and where to see authentic poles and pole collections. Includes: full-colour photographs with extensive descriptions of magnificent totem poles; archival images of historical poles; how to carve a totem pole; what happens at a pole-raising ceremony.
Explore the traditional arts and cultures of Native Americans through hands-on activities.