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 widely known cultural historian and conservator, tells the tale of her father’s existence and the conventional and modern Lummi narratives that motivated his work.
A Totem Pole History includes seventy-six images, together with Joe’s most important totem poles, lots of which Pauline watched him carve. She conveys with nice perception the tales, teachings, and heritage expressed through her father’s totem poles. 8 individuals offer essays on Coast Salish artwork and carving, including to the author’s portrayal of Joe’s philosophy of paintings in Salish existence, fairly within the context of 20th century intercultural relations.
This enticing quantity presents an ancient list to motivate local artists and brings the paintings of a revered Salish carver to the eye of a broader audience.
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With this perspective, one is powerful to make change. Pauline told the students how her father showed tolerance toward people who didn’t understand. As he was carving the Land in the Sky totem pole in downtown Seattle, he described various tools: sharp wedges from wood, stone, bone, antler, and black obsidian; steelhead bones for needles; plant fibers and ingenious applications of the material culture. However, he was using iron axes and steel carving tools at the time. ” Then Pauline taught students the “Song of Hope: Song of Tomorrow,” which reveals how to develop confidence and courage to face life’s Scälla, Of the Killer Whale liii challenges and overcome obstacles.
This allowed Pauline to express her creativity and to forge a new relationship with her aging father. He praised her perseverance and delighted in her work, letting her know how talented he thought she was and including her in his carving life in several ways. First, he put her carving of a female figure in one of his canoes and photographed it. Then, when she carved a totem of Tsats-mun-ton — the hunter who would not listen to his elders — Joe was intrigued. Pauline did not paint the pole; she varnished it, leaving the natural lines of the cedar visible.
Then she told a story from Portage Island, just across from Gooseberry Point. 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.
A totem pole history : the work of Lummi carver Joe Hillaire by Hillaire, Joe; Fields, Gregory P.; Hillaire, Pauline