A totem pole history : the work of Lummi carver Joe Hillaire by Hillaire, Joe; Fields, Gregory P.; Hillaire, Pauline

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 20 th 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 lifestyles and the normal and modern Lummi narratives that stimulated his work.

A Totem Pole History comprises seventy-six pictures, together with Joe’s most vital totem poles, lots of which Pauline watched him carve. She conveys with nice perception the tales, teachings, and heritage expressed via her father’s totem poles. 8 individuals supply essays on Coast Salish artwork and carving, including to the author’s portrayal of Joe’s philosophy of artwork in Salish existence, relatively within the context of 20th century intercultural relations.

This enticing quantity presents an historic checklist to motivate local artists and brings the paintings of a revered Salish carver to the eye of a broader audience.

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There is someone greater than I, for this is where He has been. ” She continues, “That is the strongest prayer that I have ever heard. It is the Spirit of the Earth, reaching into our hearts. Look at the beautiful sand, the crystal sandy beaches, the smell of the air, the sun as it hovers toward the west, sparkling on the water. You can see beauty in every quivering detail. The birds are singing their little hearts out in celebration; they can’t keep it in, thrilling in the beauty of the afternoon.

Photo by Mary Randlett. Reprinted by permission from University of Washington Special Collections, uw29786z, 1970. carvers and mask makers, started carving when he was twelve to sixteen years old, as early as 1906. He carved many works, large and small, and continued to carve until a few years before his death in 1967. Owing to the work of Joe Hillaire and a small number of Lummi master carvers, the art of totem pole carving became a well-established part of Lummi culture and art in the twentieth century, and it remains significant in cultural recovery and continuation.

A couple had a beautiful baby. They loved it dearly, but they were affected by smallpox and were waiting for their demise. To save their beloved child, they built a raft, wrapped the baby in buckskin and soft bark, and pushed it into the outgoing current along Hale Passage. That baby had love in its heart for the rocking waves. It was kicking softly, moved by 5. Pauline Hillaire (third from right) teaching song and dance to the Children of the Setting Sun Dancers, Northwest Indian College. Masks carved by Scott Jensen, 1970s.

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