The masterworks of Northwest Coast Indians are admired today as among the great achievements of the world's artisans. The painted and carved wooden screens, chests and boxes for storage and cooking, dishes, rattles, crest hats, and other ceremonial objects reveal a rare artistic virtuosity and document the unique involvement of these craftsmen with their environment.
Looking at Totem Poles is a companion title to Stewart's Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast. The author provides basic information about the Northwest Coast Cultural Region, an historical overview of totem poles, and a brief description of carving and raising poles. The second part of the book describes the figures and crests carved on totem poles as well as ceremonial and everyday objects. The final section describes in one-page essays the various totem poles found on the land in southern British Columbia, Vancouver Island, northern BC, and Alaska.
Dara Culhane received her Ph.D. in 1994 and teaches anthropology at Simon Fraser University. From 1992 to 1994, she was Deputy Director of Social and Cultural Research for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. Her first book, An Error in Judgement, probes the controversial 1979 death of a First Nations child who died of an undiagnosed ruptured appendix in Alert Bay, B.C.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available through GoodMinds.com The Kwakiutl is one of the many well-researched titles in the Indians of North America Series published by Chelsea House. This text is written by noted ethnohistorian Stanley Walens. The book begins with a discussion of the way the people of the northwest Coast have been studied. The Kwakiutl (Kwakwaka'wakw) traditional territory was the rich land of Vancouver Island and parts of the British Columbia mainland.