Fonds consists of eight slides of totem poles being raised in the Haida Village at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The slides are dated May, 1962. The photographs were taken by George Szanto, the son-in-law of Geoffrey Andrew who was the Dean and Deputy President of UBC from 1947 to 1962.
The totem poles represented in the images were carved by Haida artist Bill Reid and 'Namgis artist Doug Cranmer. They were originally situated at UBC's Totem Park. They are now located on the grounds behind the Museum of Anthropology, and modelled on a 19th century Haida village.
Image depicts a close up view of the top of a totem pole carved by Doug Cranmer featuring a mosquito. This pole stood in Deep Cove, BC before being moved to the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta. Views of this pole can be seen in items a034459 - a034467.
Image depicts Douglas Cranmer in the early stages of carving a totem pole. The pole is outside. He is preparing to use a chain saw to make the early cuts to a pole. Markings are visible, showing where he will cut.