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Thunderbird carving

Image depicts a large carving, possibly of a Thunderbird. Painted in black, white, green, and tan, the wings are spread out wide.

The Pacific Passage

Image depicts the exhibition The Pacific Passage installed at the Vancouver International Airport. The focal point of the photograph is Hetux, a large Thunderbird sculpture created by artist Connie Watts (Nuu-chah-nulth, Gitxsan and Kwakwaka'wakw).

Taping paper to a totem pole

Image depicts Doug Cranmer preparing to make a rubbing image (using kraft paper and crayon) of the carving on a totem pole. Another person, possibly Godfrey Hunt, assists by holding the paper.

Tape for Mask Group, Anthropology 431

Item is a sound recording of material used in the UBC course, Anthropology 431. The recording features a speaker discussing Coast Saalish and Kwakwaka'wakw masks in terms of similarities and differences in form and meaning, particularly in reference to writing on the subject by Claude Levi-Strauss. The recording is related to the MOA exhibition Kwakiutl Masks: An Expression of Transformation, which took place from April 15 to December 31, 1979. The content of the recording is repeated three times.

Tall totem pole, Alert Bay, BC

Photograph of a totem pole in Alert Bay, BC. This pole has been called the world's tallest totem pole, though this is a disputed fact since it is actually comprised of two pieces. The pole is not specific to a particular family, but represents multiple tribes of the Kwakwaka'wakw. The pole was completed in the late 1960's and raised in 1973. It is located near the Big House.

Mildred Laurie

St. Michael's Indian Residential School, Alert Bay

Image of a St. Michael's Indian Residential School in Alert Bay. A similar image is printed on page 35 of Carter's book "From History's Locker," with the caption: "Two fine old carved columns stand guard in front of the school."

Anthony Carter

St. Michael's Indian Residential School, Alert Bay

Image of a St. Michael's Indian Residential School in Alert Bay. A similar image is printed on page 35 of Carter's book "From History's Locker," with the caption: "Two fine old carved columns stand guard in front of the school."

Anthony Carter

Smaller scale totem

Image depicts a small scale totem pole which seems to be situated in a cemetery. The bottom figure seems to be human and the top an eagle.

Small scale totem, top section closeup

Image depicts a top section closeup of a small-scale totem pole in front of a door. Visible are two beaked figures, with another seated figure. See items a034476 - a034482 for other views of this pole.

Small scale totem, side view

Image depicts a side view of a small-scale totem pole in front of a door. The top two figures have long beaks, a third figure has wings but no visible beak, and a human figure is seated at the bottom. See items a034476 - a034482 for other views of this pole.

Small scale totem, side and front view

Image depicts a side/front view of a small-scale totem pole in front of a door. The top two figures have long beaks, a third figure has a beak that is bent downward, and a human figure is seated at the bottom. Each winged figure is protecting a smaller figure. Two are possibly human and the third appears to be a frog. See items a034476 - a034482 for other views of this pole.

Small scale totem, midsection closeup

Image depicts a midsection closeup of a small-scale totem pole in front of a door. Visible are two figures, one possibly a seated human perched on top of what may be a Thunderbird. Each figure seems to be sitting in a corner. See items a034476 - a034482 for other views of this pole.

Sleeping face, front view

Image depicts a carved head. The eyes on the face are shut; the mouth is open in an o-shape. This view depicts the entire face.

Sleeping face

Image depicts a carved head. The eyes on the face are shut; the mouth is open in an o-shape.

Slave killers

Image depicts two carvings entitled Slave Killers. The photograph was taken outside and the two figures appear to be getting ready to throw a black object.

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