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Thomas and Mildred Laurie collection Canada With digital objects
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Traditional B. C. Coast Architecture

The Alert Bay Community House, completed in 1963. The two post arches are 17 feet high, supporting two 70 foot logs, each measuring 3 feet in diameter and weighing 5 tons. The roof has a large opening at the center to allow smoke to escape from the open pit fire. Photo by Eric J. Cooke; published by J. Barnard Photographer LTD, Victoria B. C.

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.

Alert Bay Community Centre

Image shows the original Alert Bay Community Centre, also known as the Namgis Big House. This original Big House was constructed in 1966, and destroyed in 1997 by arson. A new building, with a nearly identical exterior wall, was raised in 1999.

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.

Boat under construction

Image depicts an overturned boat, on land, that has been partially carved. The boat sits in front of a newer wooden structure; another older wooden structure is visible in the top left corner of the image. See also item a033268.

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.

Two totem poles in a field

Image depicts two totem poles in an open area. Pole on image left resembles a pole carved by Tony Hunt, Calvin Hunt, Peter Knox, and John Livingston in 1976 as a memorial for Johnathan Hunt. It features Raven, Man Holding a Copper, Sun Holding a Copper, and Killer Whale.

Totem pole in field

Image depicts a large totem pole standing in a field and surrounded by some brush. This pole resembles one carved by Arthur Shaughnessy, raised in 1924 as a memorial for Chief Wakas . It depicts a Thunderbird with no wings, Dzunuk'wa, Grizzly Bear, Raven, and Sisiyutl.

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.

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.

Kwakiutl Indian Art

Human figure totem pole from Alert Bay, B. C. The figure appears to be wearing a hat and may be a mortuary pole. Photo by E. J. Cooke, published by J. Barnard Photographers, LTD, Victoria, B. C.

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