See also NORTHWEST COAST NATIVE ART.
Author RENÉ R. GADACZ
Vickie Jensen, Carving a Totem Pole (1994) and Where the People Gather (1992); Roy J. Vickers, Spirit Transformed: A Journey from Tree to Totem; Hilary Stewart, Totem Poles (1990); Marius Barbeau, Art of the Totem (1984).
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge
The website for the Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge, which features Canada's largest essay writing competition for Aboriginal youth (ages 14-29) and a companion program for those who prefer to work through painting, drawing and photography. See their guidelines, teacher resources, profiles of winners, and more. From the Historica-Dominion Institute.
An extensive online exhibit of Emily Carr paintings depicting First Nations culture in the early 20th century. From Library and Archives Canada.
A detailed and nicely illustrated history of totem poles from the Royal BC Museum. A PDF file.
The 'Respect to Bill Reid' Pole
This site captures the spiritual beauty of the "The Respect to Bill Reid Pole", which was created as a tribute to the great Haida artist, Bill Reid. Follow along a timeline to see the fascinating process involved in carving a totem pole. From the Virtual Museum of Canada.
SGaang Gwaii (Anthony Island)
The website for the SGaang Gwaii (Anthony Island) World Heritage Site in the Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). Features beautiful images of historic Haida totem poles. A Parks Canada website.
Haida house models
An illustrated guide to models of houses constructed by the Haida people. Features photos of Chief Wiah's Monster House. From the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Composer's 30-year journey led to Beyond Eden
A CBC News story about composer Bruce Ruddell's "Beyond Eden," a musical focusing on the disappearing totem poles of Haida Gwaii. Stars Tom Jackson and John Mann appear.
The Bill Reid Centre For Northwest Coast Art Studies
Part of the Department of First Nations Studies at Simon Fraser University, this centre is devoted to "the study of First Nations art of the Northwest Coast as the visual embodiment of a broad cultural development since the end of the last Ice Age." Click the links on the right side of the page to view an illustrated profile of the history and heritage of featured language groups and villages.