Tuesday, October 6, 2020

To Travel In A Boat Together

 Carrying on where we left off yesterday, here are more of the totem poles in the Grand Hall.

There is a sculpture outside the building in a reflecting pool, viewable from within, with a display panel explaining about it. It is titled 'namaxsala (To Travel In A Boat Together), by the First Nations artist Mary Anne Barkhouse, and was created in 2013. It is drawn from a story of her grandfather, helping a wolf cross a stretch of water in a canoe. With the backdrop of the Ottawa River down the slope, along with the Alexandra Bridge, it makes a pleasing photograph to look at from inside or out.


  1. Cute story with the wolf and nice peace of work.

  2. I love the art work on those totem poles.

  3. Hello,
    Love the totem and the canoe. Cute story about helping the wolf cross the water!
    Take care, Have a happy day!

  4. ...I have always enjoyed the designs from the west coast.

  5. Totem poles are fascinating, the way they allow the imagination to read their stories. The wolf in the boat is amazing.

  6. I love the sculpture in the water. Very pleasing to look at.

  7. Love the sculpture of the wolf in the canoe and the story that goes with it ✨

  8. I like the sculpture and your pics of it, William!

  9. That wolf looks very pleased with himself in his canoe.

  10. That boat sculpture is beautiful.

  11. Totems always fascinate me and the wolf in the canoe is unique !

  12. @Iris: I agree.

    @Rosemary: I do too.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Tom: me too.

    @Maywyn: I think so too.

    @DJan: that it is.

    @Grace: me too.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @RedPat: thank you!

    @John: he does indeed.

    @Sharon: I think so.

    @Marie: thanks!

    @Karl: it is indeed.

  13. The sculpture of the wolf in the canoe is beautiful.

  14. They do a great job on displays there. The totems are magnificent.

  15. Fascinating.
    This is my favorite tour by far.

    The connection people once had with the world clearly depicted by that sculpture and story. It's really a beautiful touch seeing the sculpture resting in water.

  16. I love this---To Travel in a Boat together.

    Like the header too

  17. I have a lovely Haida hand carved pendant of a raven, but I rarely wear it as it is not my culture and I feel like I do not have the right! Love the Totem pole carving.

  18. Amazing sculpture. A tale of compassion.

  19. Love the story with the wolf! Great sculpture.

  20. I love the totem pole and the boat sculpture!

  21. As always you are a grear docent and you have such good History Museums. Thank you for the tour. It’s really good and necessary for us all to remember the contributions of our First Nation peoples. ... your header shot is wonderful...Autumn is just beautiful there!

  22. Affecting. I love that piece, and the relationship First Nations people have with animals

  23. @Bill: I agree.

    @Revrunner: quite a story.

    @Jeanie: I think so too.

    @Gemel: it's a well conceived sculpture.

    @Maywyn: so do I.

    @Shammickite: me too.

    @Magiceye: definitely.

    @tamago: I do too.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Sallie: you're welcome.

    @Cloudia: me too.