Monday, September 6, 2021

Totem Poles And First Nations Craftsmanship

Carrying on where I left off yesterday, here we have more of the Grand Hall in the Museum of History.


  1. The height and the lines are significant, high enough for the elaborate totems, Have often wanted to carve one and stand it in our yard! the killer whale is very powerful.I suppose the area is open to the floors beside it, could involv plenty of exercise walking around. Newcastle AU Awakabal and Worimi country.

  2. A pole like that has somehow made its way to the Museum of Anthropology in Cambridge. It makes me wonder how it was transported here and how it was acquired.

  3. These totem poles are great cravings.

  4. They look good in all views -- close, far, or in between.

  5. I so love First Nations art. Thank you!

  6. @Julia: yes, there is exhibit space beyond that photographic screen.

    @John: it wouldn't surprise me if it was a 19th century acquisition.

    @Nancy: very much so.

    @Jan: that they are.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Anvilcloud: that they do.

    @Iris: perhaps.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

  7. ...beautiful art that tells a story.

  8. Such a wonderful space, William.

  9. Love this post. I lingered over the photos. Great shots.

  10. Great stuff. It's too bad it's ot available for all Canadians to see.

  11. My favorite ~ First Nation art ~ especially the totems ~

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. Grand carvings for a grand hall. Tweeted.

  13. Extrañas figuras, fruto de una interesante civilización.

  14. i remember as a kid my brother was in the Boy Scouts (got to the top, Eagle) and sadly that program is no more. breaks my heart ...why a program that is so great. he really learned a lot ... sorry but i gotta say it that the evil folks who ruin it fail so many folks who need/want to learn the outdoor survival moments. my brother really enjoys that side of myself ...he loves going out camping on his own and hiking in the mtns. i never went into the girl scouts because they didn't do what the boys did. i didn't wanna sell cookies i wanted to be a cool girl, camping and learning about bugs. be it odd or whatever ... i can't be the only cool girl out there wants to burn wood from my own knowing skills. lol!! any who ... i have go on and on ... thanks for this post ... i enjoy it. have a great start to your week. ( :

  15. I find these First Nation totem poles so impressive and descriptive. A wonderful collection in this museum

  16. These First Nation totem poles are so beautiful!

  17. The totem poles are very similar to the ones the Maori people carve here but with different symbols.

  18. @Tom: it does.

    @Jennifer: indeed.

    @RedPat: very much so.

    @Maywyn: I think so too.

    @Marie: thank you.

    @Red: alas, a national museum ought to be in the capital area.

  19. @Carol: those totems are amazing.

    @Sharon: I certainly do.

    @Mari: thanks.

    @Eve: thank you.

    @Ventana: thanks.

    @Beth: you're welcome.

  20. @Happyone: indeed.

    @Pat: very much so.

    @Joanne: definitely.

    @Elizabeth: they are.

    @Amy: not surprising.

    @Jan: very much so.