File 1 - Large-scale carvings

Mosquito Totem Pole Mosquito Totem Pole, top close up Mosquito Totem Pole, closeup of base Mosquito Totem Pole, front view Mosquito Totem Pole, top side view Mosquito Totem Pole, side view of midsection Mosquito Totem Pole, base frontal view Mosquito Totem Pole, top rear view Mosquito Totem Pole, frontal view Carving a totem pole Painting a totem pole Carving a totem pole Carving a totem pole Carving a pole with a chain saw Carving the St. Catherines pole, early stages Carving a pole, early stages Old pole, artist unknown Side view of totem in front of door Totem pole base, close up Small scale totem, midsection closeup
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Large-scale carvings

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  • ca. 1964 - 1967 (Creation)
    Virginia Kehoe

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117 photographs : col. slides ; 35 mm

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(November 2, 1916 - September 15, 2008)

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Virginia Catherine Kehoe was born in the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver on November 2, 1916. Upon marrying Bruce Kehoe, Virginia travelled with him to Ottawa, Calgary, Toronto and France as his career in the Royal Canadian Air Force lent itself to a significant amount of travel. Virginia Kehoe trained as an artist, and became close friends with Kwakwaka’wakw artist and carver Douglas Cranmer. She assisted in taking care of Cranmer’s store The Talking Stick on South Granville in Vancouver for part of its existence. Kehoe and her husband moved to Vancouver Island after Bruce Kehoe retired from the RCAF, first settling in Sooke and then moving to Victoria. Towards the end of her life, after the passing of her husband Bruce, Virginia Kehoe moved to Riverwest in Ladner, B.C. to be closer to family. Virginia Kehoe died in Ladner on September 15, 2008.

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File consists of photographs of six large-scale carving projects created by Douglas Cranmer. There are five totem poles photographed, which include a mosquito totem pole, a thunderbird, man and Sisiutl totem pole for private commission in Illinois in 1965, two smaller-scale totem poles and, predominantly, the process of carving the St. Catherine’s Centennial 40 foot totem pole in 1966, including photographs of the initial stages of carving and transportation of the pole. Photographs also show the process of creating a Nootka canoe for the Royal Museum of British Columbia building in Victoria, B.C. Photographs include sketched plans for the canoe and Douglas Cranmer and Godfrey Hunt working on the carving of the canoe outdoors and indoors.

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