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Thomas and Mildred Laurie collection Alert Bay With digital objects
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Govenor [sic]and Mrs. Michner [sic], Alert Bay

Governor General Roland Michener and his wife Norah pose with a short totem pole. Trees and buildings are visible in the distance. Totem pole appears similar to a pole attributed to Arthur Shuaghnessy that was raised for Kamdatsa (Mrs. Tom Patch) of Village Island or New Vancouver, a woman who lived to be over 100 years old. That pole was eventually raised on her grave.

Governor and Mrs. Michener with short totem at Alert Bay

Governor General Roland Michener and his wife Norah pose with a short totem pole. Trees and buildings are visible in the distance. Totem pole appears similar to a pole attributed to Arthur Shuaghnessy that was raised for Kamdatsa (Mrs. Tom Patch) of Village Island or New Vancouver, a woman who lived to be over 100 years old. That pole was eventually raised on her grave. This print appears to be a duplicate of item a033223a.

Two women in ceremonial dress and a girl

Two women in ceremonial dress stand in front of a wall painted with designs, some of which resemble a face. A blond girl poses in front of the women. The back of the photo is labeled Laurie. The women may be Mrs. Crammer and Mrs. Alfred, ceremonial dancers. See also item a033232.

Totem pole

A man and a woman are posed with a totem pole inside a tent. They are perhaps painting or restoring the pole. A man at the far right of copy print appears to look at their work. Paint cans are visible on the floor. This photo appears to have been taken at the same time as item a033231.

Totem pole construction

Several individuals, men and women, work on a totem pole located inside a tent. One wall of the tent has been pushed aside to reveal trees and sky in the distance. This appears to have been taken at the same time as item a033228.

Island Moments

Image depicts four totem poles standing in a cleared area. A structure is visible in the lower left corner of the image. The totem on the image's far left appears to be a pole carved by Tony Hunt (with Calvin Hunt, John Livingston, and Peter Knox), located in the Nimpkish Band Cemetery at Alert Bay.

View of very tall totem pole

Image shows an extremely tall totem pole. It resembles a pole, attributed to carver Jimmy Dick, which stands 173 feet (56.4 meters) tall and is reputed to be the world's tallest totem pole. It was raised in 1973 and was constructed from two poles. The top figure, representing Sun-Man, fell to the ground in 2007. See also item a033274.

Alert Bay, centenary celebrations (?)

Photograph of a person in ceremonial dress and a mask, standing on a pier in Alert Bay(?). Based on details in similar images in this file, it is possible that the photograph was taken at an event celebrating British Columbia's centenary in 1958.

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