By Hillaire, Joe; Fields, Gregory P.; Hillaire, Pauline
Joseph Hillaire (Lummi, 1894–1967) is famous as one of many nice Coast Salish artists, carvers, and tradition-bearers of the 20th century. In A Totem Pole History, his daughter Pauline Hillaire, Scälla–Of the Killer Whale (b. 1929), who's herself a well known cultural historian and conservator, tells the tale of her father’s existence and the conventional and modern Lummi narratives that prompted his work.
A Totem Pole History comprises seventy-six images, together with Joe’s most important totem poles, a lot of which Pauline watched him carve. She conveys with nice perception the tales, teachings, and background expressed through her father’s totem poles. 8 participants supply essays on Coast Salish paintings and carving, including to the author’s portrayal of Joe’s philosophy of artwork in Salish lifestyles, fairly within the context of 20th century intercultural relations.
This attractive quantity offers an historic checklist to inspire local artists and brings the paintings of a revered Salish carver to the eye of a broader audience.
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We need to love where we are. Our hope is that the coming generations can do the same. They must protect the land. My father knew that I would do this work and that it would not be easy. He said he couldn’t get into the ring with me, but he would stand on the sidelines and cheer. That’s where he is now. The dead are not powerless. They are powerful. Pauline’s book Rights Remembered offers a sensitive perspective on how we can acknowledge and begin to reverse generations of abuse and thoughtlessness against indigenous peoples and the ecological fabric of life on earth.
Pauline did not paint the pole; she varnished it, leaving the natural lines of the cedar visible. Joe Scälla, Of the Killer Whale xlvii acknowledged her by borrowing this idea and varnishing the celebrated Land in the Sky totem pole for the World’s Fair. Various Native artists lived and worked at Blake Island at different times. However, when Pauline stayed with Joe in the 1960s, he was teaching the Boy Scouts. The Scouts were living in trailers, learning to carve and to perform songs and dances, working to keep up the facilities, and feeding audiences.
By the end everyone looks with new friendliness and appreciation toward the ordinary creatures they encounter on Puget Sound beaches. 15 She began by teaching several Lummi songs, stories, and dances that her father had shared with the public along with other songs that were one-time-only “gifts” given in the celebration of the moment, to be recorded only in our memories. She complimented all the students Scälla, Of the Killer Whale li on their abilities and one student in particular for his graceful movements as an eagle-dancer.
A totem pole history : the work of Lummi carver Joe Hillaire by Hillaire, Joe; Fields, Gregory P.; Hillaire, Pauline