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Salmon barbecue, Alert Bay

Photograph of a woman tending to salmon that are being barbecued. There are a number of salmon over a long fire, and the barbecue appears to be part of a larger event. Painted sheets and a board are behind her, and a group of children are sitting nearby.

Salmon barbecue, Alert Bay (?)

Photograph of an outdoor salmon barbecue. A number of people are gathered around, some in ceremonial dress. The photograph was likely taken in or near Alert Bay, BC. A body of water and snow-capped mountains are visible in the background.

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

Totem Pole Alert Bay, B. C.

View of totem pole from Alert Bay, B. C. depicting two figures: a man with a bird sitting on his head. Pole appears to be standing in an open area with trees in the background. Lower right corner contains the initials E. T. See also images a033242, a033247, and a033260, which depicts this same image.

Totem Pole close up

Closeup of very tall totem pole also depicted in item a033272. This pole resembles one reputed to be the world's tallest totem pole. Built in the late 1960s, it was raised in 1973. It is attributed to carver Jimmy Dick and stands 173 feet tall. In 2007 the top of this pole was blown off in high winds.

Totem Pole in clearing

View of a Kwakiutl totem pole on Alert Bay, Cormorant Island, British Columbia. Pole stands in Nimpkish Band Cemetery and was carved by Willie Seaweed with Joe Seaweed. It is a memorial to Billie Moon and was carved in 1931. It depicts a Thunderbird grasping the head of Dzoonokwa, a giantess. See also images a033236, a033242, and a033247, which also depict this pole.

Totem Poles, Alert Bay, B. C.

Image depicts two totem poles on the grounds of St. Michael's Indian Residential School in Alert Bay, B. C. The poles include Thunderbirds, Grizzly Bears, and Coopers at the base of each pole. Photo attributed to E. J. Cooke.

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