Item a034864 - Jim M. Hart working on a totem pole

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Jim M. Hart working on a totem pole

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  • 1982 (Creation)

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1 photograph : b&w print ; 13 x 18 cm

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(1948 - 2020)

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Item is a print showing Jim Hart, Haida carver, working on a copy of an Old Masset pole raised on the ground of UBC Museum of Anthropology on 2 October 1982.

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According to William McLennan, this totem pole was based on a pole that originally stood in Massett. It was moved to Beacon Hill Park in Victoria before 1948. The totem pole was knocked down in a wind storm and broke apart. Attempted repairs on the fragments were made by Victoria parks carpenters, not Haida artists. Jim Hart assembled the fragments, viewed archival photographs, and created a clay model before carving the full size replica. A mold was made of the clay model and cast into bronze. MOA has one of the eight casings (Nb1. 500).

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