Vickie Jenson documents the process of creating a totem pole from the moment Nisga'a artist Norman Tait . The book really shows the making of a totem pole as part of, and continuation of, Nisga'a tradition and Nisga'a life. Its a great book, and fascinating to read.
Vickie Jenson documents the process of creating a totem pole from the moment Nisga'a artist Norman Tait gets the commission to carve to a 42-foot doorway pole for the newly constructed Native Education Center in Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada), to the pole raising ceremony three months later.
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Carved cedar poles have often been misunderstood and misrepresented globally. Totem Pole Carving: Bringing a Log to Life. Norman Tait and Vicky Jensen
Carved cedar poles have often been misunderstood and misrepresented globally. Such a pole is traditionally a person - a respected story teller. Here is part of the story. The book titled Out of the Silence highlights these and several other North American Nations equally. The earliest name heard or seen among the Haida pole carvers as of this writing is that of Sqiltcange (Reference: Professor/Curator Robin K. Wright, Northern Haida Master Carvers ; 2003). Norman Tait and Vicky Jensen.
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Looking at Totem Poles of the Northwest Coast By Hilary Stewart, with forward by Norman Tait
Looking at Totem Poles of the Northwest Coast By Hilary Stewart, with forward by Norman Tait. A guide to 110 totem poles in British Columbia and Alaska. Includes a general introduction, drawings of the poles, and a short discussion of the history and iconography of each pole. University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1993. Totem Poles: An Illustrated Guide By Marjorie Halpin The significance of totem poles as both important cultural symbols and as art. A guide to interpreting the carved motifs and distinguishing the features that indicate the carver's skill and his or her tribal origin. University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1983.
Carving a totem pole requires not only artistic skill, but an intimate understanding of cultural histories and forest ecology. Most totem poles are made from Western red cedar, a rot-resistant tree that is straight-grained and easy to carve. 7 Before a cedar tree is harvested for a totem pole, many coastal First Nations communities will perform a ceremony of gratitude and respect in honour of the tree. Several trees may be inspected before a particular tree is chosen for its beauty and character.
of young carvers to document the actual process of creating a 42-foot Native American totem pole from a single log.
The totem pole—in all its power and beauty—is a distinctive and widely recognized form of traditional Northwest Coast Native art. Once nearly lost, this art form is alive and thriving today. In this unique book, Vickie Jensen collaborates with renowned Nisga’a artist Norman Tait and his crew of young carvers to document the actual process of bringing a log to life.
The intimate text and 125 photographs capture the charged atmosphere in which the pole is carved—the smell of fresh cedar chips, the long days and blistered hands, the camaraderie, the pride in solving problems, the ever-present awareness of tradition, the joy of creation.
Norman Tait teaches his apprentices that carving a pole requires more than time and labor, more than artistic and emotional commitment, more than a grasp of tools and techniques. The process invoves their cultural background and very being. The apprentices must make their own carving tools, design their regalia, and practice traditional songs, dances, and drumming. All these experiences culminate in the traditional ceremonies to celebrate the raising of the completed totem pole.
This book was originally published in hardcover as Where the People Gather: Carving a Totem Pole.