Totem Poles: An Illustrated Guide

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Discusses the historical and cultural background of totem poles, the types and purposes of poles, and the tools and techniques of raising them

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Marjorie M. Halpin was, for many years until her untimely death in 2001, curator of ethnology at the Museum of Anthropology and a member of the anthropology department at the University of British Columbia.

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A beautifully designed and illustrated book. (Canadian Plains Bulletin)

The massive wood carvings unique to the Indian peoples of the Northwest Coast arouse a sense of wonder in all who see them. This guide helps the reader to understand and enjoy the form and meaning of totem poles and other sculptures.

The author describes the origin and place of totem poles in Indian culture – as ancestral emblems, as expressions of wealth and power, as ceremonial objects, as mythological symbols, and as magnificent artistic works of the people of the Pacific Northwest.

Halpin also suggests ways to interpret the motifs and symbols carved on the poles and shows how to recognize the special features which reveal not only the skill of the carver but also his tribal origin.

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