Saturday, October 3, 2020

The Totem Poles And Ceremonial Masks

The totem poles inside the Grand Hall are set up to allow  for close access, each with explanatory panels, coming from the various tribes of the Pacific Coast.

The close up details can be as formidable as the entire pole.

As well as the poles, the Grand Hall includes facades in the style of houses of the First Nations of the Pacific Coast. Behind these facades are display rooms of artifacts and contemporary items.

At either end of the Hall is a display panel about this space. It includes a panorama of the complete set.

Venturing into one of the entrances of the interior areas brings us into thematic displays. This is titled Hamatsa Design Dance Screen, created by Richard Hunt in 1989.

And for today I leave off with this collection of masks.


  1. Interesting to see. I believe New Zealand have a few Totem Poles but our Aboriginals don't as it's not in their culture.
    The display is lovely.

  2. Nice display of Totem Poles. Nice autumn colours in your blog header.

  3. To learn more of the iconography of a totem pole is to learn more about the indigenous nation that created it. If ever you find yourself in Duncan, BC the display of totems there is phenomenal.

  4. Hello,
    I love the totems. Great display! Take care, enjoy your weekend!

  5. @Margaret: thank you.

    @Nancy: thanks.

    @David: I'll remember that.

    @Jan: so do I.

    @Eileen: thanks!

  6. It's nice that this is set up where it is

  7. Really similar to the Native American art I have seen in Washington State.

  8. What a wonderful museum. I'm glad you are sharing it.

  9. It is nice seeing the detail shots, William.

  10. One of my favourite books as a child was about Native American art, and I still like to see it today.

  11. I have always liked the west coast totems and other art work.

  12. Totem poles are fascinating things. We don't see them down here.

  13. The totem poles are beautiful. Reminds me of the ones in Alaska.

  14. Great display, some of the masks are scary, but beautiful

  15. The Canadian totem poles are so different from the ones I saw by the Washington and Alaskan Native Americans. Tweeted.

  16. A great exhibit, I have always enjoyed Native American art. Their totem poles are always impressive.

  17. Always a fan of Canada's First Nations. A dear Hawaii friend of ours, who has live here since 45 years, has needed to move home to White Rock BC. Waikiki tourism [his living] will take some time to return. So seeing these PAC NW Totems feels like a wonderful synchronicity, William. Wishing you all the best!

  18. Fascinating, love the last two the most.

  19. I love that place. Wish things were different so we could visit.

  20. The poles are lovely. I don't think our first nation people did anything like that, but I could be wrong.

  21. Always enjoy seeing the totems William, they look stunning in the Grand Hall ✨

  22. Awesome totem poles ~ neat photos ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  23. This really is a fascinating spot. I love the image in the second photo.

  24. @Anvilcloud: I agree.

    @Susie: understandably.

    @DJan: thank you.

    @Anita: me too.

    @RedPat: I think so.

    @John: all the better.

    @Red: me too.

  25. @Tom: they are.

    @Sharon: you're too far away from the area where they would have been made.

    @Bill: I can see that.

    @Maywyn: I agree.

    @Mari: thank you.

    @Denise: definitely.

    @Cloudia: thanks!

    @Gemel: it is.

  26. @Jan: thanks!

    @Marie: me too.

    @Joanne: it is, yes.

    @Karen: you're just far enough away that a day trip would be a long one and need some planning.

    @Joan: I know the Maori had their own traditions.

    @Grace: they really do.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Jeanie: me too.