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Totem In Front Of U'Mista Centre
The white wall is oriented towards the bay is a visible a long way out.
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Totem Outside U'mista Cultural Centre
Totem Outside U'mista Cultural Centre
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Totems In Front Of 'Namgis House
The brick building (once St. Michael's Residential School) was renamed 'Namgis House in 2003.
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Eagle On Man Totem
The totem pole behind has fallen since the last time I was here.
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Entrance To Long House
Entrance To Long House
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Eagle In Front
I really like this composition - I wish I had seen other combinations like this.
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Base Of Totem Pole
In an attempt to get some detail, I started focusing in on the bottom of poles. I have a more complete photo from a previous trip.
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Base Of Another Totem Pole
I don't have a more complete photo of this pole (unfortunately). The three figures in view are Ha'ma'a, Raven and a Sea Monster. The carver is unknown, but it was carved as a memorial for Wa'otsa'as - wife of Sam Charlie.
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Head Of Lying Down Totem
I wonder if there was some kind of hat on the top.
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Side Of Lying Down Totem
Side Of Lying Down Totem
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Upper Body Of Lying Down Totem
Upper Body Of Lying Down Totem
John Harvey Photo > Aristazabal Island > Aristazabal Island - Day 7, 8, 9 > Upper Body Of Lying Down Totem

Standing Totem
This totem was once fallen, but has been proped up again. It's suffering pretty badly on the right had side, but it has a great view of the ocean.
John Harvey Photo > Aristazabal Island > Aristazabal Island - Day 7, 8, 9 > Standing Totem

New and Old Totem
The figure on the bottom is holding a copper on his chest. This totem tells part of the creation myth - it was carved by Bruce Alfred in 1995. It's part of the Nimpkish Burial Grounds in Alert Bay.

The totem in the back has since fallen down. The figures carved are Thunderbird, Dzunukwa, Grizzly bear with a copper in its mouth, Raven, Sisiyutl (Thunderbird with no ears/horns). It was carved by Arthur Shaughnessy and was raised in 1924. It was carved as a memorial to Chief Wakas.


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Giant Halibut Totem
Giant Halibut Totem (past of the creation myth) was carved by Stephen Bruce in 1995. It's part of the Nimpkish Burial Grounds in Alert Bay.
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Jonathan Hunt's Totem
The totem on the right is written up in Hillary Stewart's book - The pole was carved by Tony Hunt (Jonathan's grandson) with Calvin Hunt, John Livingston and Peter Knox in 1976.

The top figure is Kolus followed by Cedar Man holding a copper, beneath is Sun in Human form, also holding a copper. The bottom is the killer whale, head turned downward. Jonathan Hunt was a good friend of Mungo Martin and his son.

The pole on the left (Eagle, Whale with a man on its back, Sea Otter/Bear? with a copper in its mouth, Bullhead/Cod/Sculpin?, Man) was carved in the early 1940's.


John Harvey Photo > Mid Coast of BC on the Curve of Time > Port McNiell to Hanson Island via Alert Bay > Jonathan Hunt's Totem

Mungo Martin's Totem
The totem on the right is written up in Hillary Stewart's book - The pole was carved by Henry Hunt and Tony Hunt in 1970 as a memorial for Mungo Martin. Mungo Martin is one of the hero's in the Kwakiutal society - he was a prolific totem carver and one of the important links that brough the traditional artistic skills and knowledge out of the banned pot latch era. This totem pole was the first totem raised in Alert bay in 40 years.

The top figure is Kolus (the crest of Mungo's father from Gilford Island) followed by Cedar Man with a talking stick. The second from bottom figure is Raven caved in memory of David Martin. The bottom figure is Dzunukwa, the crest of Mungo's wife Abaya'a.

The pole on the left (Thunderbird, Bear holding a whale's tail, Raven, Whale, Dzunukwa) was carved by Charlie James as a memorial for Amos Dawson's uncle.


John Harvey Photo > Mid Coast of BC on the Curve of Time > Port McNiell to Hanson Island via Alert Bay > Mungo Martin's Totem

Missing Eagle Arm Totem
This is an older totem, but it's painted. The figures are Thunderbird, Killer Whale, Man holding a copper, Dzunukwa. Apparently the carver and the date of carving is unknown. I've since taken a closer photo.
John Harvey Photo > Mid Coast of BC on the Curve of Time > Port McNiell to Hanson Island via Alert Bay > Missing Eagle Arm Totem

Nimpkish Burial Grounds

This is the Nimpkish Burial Grounds - east end looking west.  The closest  pole was build in th 1970's to honor Mungo Martin -
a chief in the Kwakiutl band and a great artist that carved many replicate poles that preserved native history and
helped revive the native culture after dark history of later 1800's, early 1900's.  The pole was carved by Henry Hunt and Tony Hunt -
and was the first pole raised in Alert Bay in 40 years.

-- from a book by Hilary Stewart called "Looking at Totem Poles"


John Harvey Photo > Mid Coast of BC on the Curve of Time > Port McNiell to Hanson Island via Alert Bay > Nimpkish Burial Grounds

Thunderbird on Dzunukwa

This pole is a Memorial to Billie Moon.  The pole was carved by Willie Seaweed and Joe Seaweed in Blunden Harbour in 1931.
The top figure is Thunderbird and figure below is Dzunukwa, "a female with sleepy eyes, Pursed lips and pendulous breasts."


John Harvey Photo > Mid Coast of BC on the Curve of Time > Port McNiell to Hanson Island via Alert Bay > Thunderbird on Dzunukwa

Pole In Field
This is the bottom of a pole carved by Mungo Martin. The figure shown is a chief wrapped in a blanket. The figure above is mouth of a whale.

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