Discovering Totem Poles: A Traveler's Guide

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Rising from a forest mist or soaring overhead in parks and museums, magnificent cedar totem poles have captured the attention and imagination of visitors to Washington State, British Columbia, and Alaska.

Discovering Totem Poles is the first guidebook to focus on the complex and fascinating histories of the specific poles visitors encounter in Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver, Alert Bay, Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Ketchikan, Sitka, and Juneau. It debunks ...

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Overview

Rising from a forest mist or soaring overhead in parks and museums, magnificent cedar totem poles have captured the attention and imagination of visitors to Washington State, British Columbia, and Alaska.

Discovering Totem Poles is the first guidebook to focus on the complex and fascinating histories of the specific poles visitors encounter in Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver, Alert Bay, Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Ketchikan, Sitka, and Juneau. It debunks common misconceptions about totem poles and explores the stories behind the making and displaying of 90 different poles.

Travelers with this guide in their pockets will return home with a deeper knowledge of the monumental carvings, their place in history, and the people who made them.

Aldona Jonaitis is the author of a number of books including Art of the Northwest Coast and, with Aaron Glass, he Totem Pole: An Intercultural History. She is director emerita of the University of Alaska Museum of the North.

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"Discovering Totem Poles is, as the title makes clear, geared toward travelers, but there is plenty here to hold the interest of Southeast Alaskans as well." -Amy Fletcher, Juneau Empire, July 2012
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295991870
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 4/23/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 964,051
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Seattle

1 The Seattle Totem Pole at Pioneer Square 3

2 Grizzly Bear House Posts at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture 6

Victoria

3 Wawadit'la, the Mungo Martin House at the Royal British Columbia Museum 11

4 Sgaang Gwaii (Ninstints) Poles at the Royal British Columbia Museum 14

5 Tony Hunt's Grizzly Bear and Human Post at Horseshoe Bay 16

Vancouver

6 Haesemhliyawn Memorial Totem Pole of the Gitk'san from Gitanyow (Kitwancool) at the Museum of Anthropology 21

7 Monuments by Bill Reid, Doug Cranmer, and Jim Hart at the Museum of Anthropology 24

8 The Thunderbird House Post by Tony Hunt at Stanley Park 26

9 Carvings by Susan Point, Joe David, and Don Yeomans at Vancouver International Airport 30

Vancouver Island

10 The World's Tallest Pole at Alert Bay 35

11 The Poles in Alert Bay 38

Prince Rupert

12 Eagle on the Decayed Pole at Prince Rupert by Dempsey Bob and Glen Wood 43

Haida Gwaii

13 Qay'llnagaay (Sea Lion Town) 47

Ketchikan

14 Saxman and Totem Bight 51

15 A Portrait in Saxman Park 54

16 The Clan House at Totem Bight 56

17 The Chief Kyan Pole 60

18 The Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Health Center Totem Poles 62

Sitka

19 Chief Saanaheit's Poles at the Sitka National Historical Park 65

20 Sitka's Monuments at World's Fairs 67

21 The K'aylaan Pole by Tommy Joseph 71

22 The Sitka Wellbreity Totem Pole by Wayne Price 73

Juneau

23 Culturally Modified Trees by Richard Beasley at Mount Roberts 77

24 The Waasgo Pole at the Alaska State Office Building 79

25 The Wooshkeetan Pole by Nathan Jackson and Steve Brown 81

Conclusion 85

Suggested Further Reading 87

Index 91

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