Looking at Totem Poles

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D & M Publishers, Sep 1, 2009 - Social Science - 192 pages
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Magnificent and haunting, the tall cedar sculptures called totem poles have become a distinctive symbol of the native people of the Northwest Coast. The powerful carvings of the vital and extraordinary beings such as Sea Bear, Thunderbird and Cedar Man are impressive and intriguing.

In Looking at Totem Poles, Hilary Stewart describes the various types of poles, their purpose, and how they were carved and raised. She also identifies and explains frequently depicted figures and objects. Each pole, shown in a beautifully detailed drawing, is accompanied by a text that points out the crests, figures and objects carved on it. Historical and cultural background are given, legends are recounted and often the carver’s comments or anecdotes enrich the pole’s story. Photographs put some of the poles into context or show their carving and raising.

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User Review  - debbiereads - LibraryThing

I just thought this was a lovely book. The drawings and information are clearly the result of long, loving research. I bought it as a souvenir of my visit to the Pacific Northwest, but I wish I had had it for reference while I was there! Read full review

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This newest book on Northwest Coast art by a widely published author in the field ( Cedar: Tree of Life to the Northwest Coast Indians , Univ. of Washington Pr., 1984) is primarily a guide to 110 ... Read full review


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Hilary Stewart is an award-winning author best known for her books on Northwest Coast First Nations cultures. She has also been involved in teaching outdoor education and wilderness survival courses for many years, as well as studying the ethnobotany of the coast First Nations, and has an extensive practical experience in the use of plants. She lives on Quadra Island in British Columbia.

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