"A Totem Pole History" Dec. 6th

Western Libraries’ Heritage Resources will host a presentation featuring Lummi elder Pauline Hillaire’s new book, A Totem Pole History: The Work of Carver Joe Hillaire,  which will include images and readings from the book, along with audio and video samples from its accompanying media companion, Coast Salish Totem Poles.

DATE: December 6 at 3PM  

LOCATION: Wilson Library Reading Room

Joe Hillaire

Joseph Hillaire (1894-1967) was one of the influential Coast Salish artists, carvers, and tradition-bearers of the twentieth century. 

Join carver Felix Solomon (Lummi/Haida) and editor Gregory Fields for a richly illustrated discussion of Hillaire's life and influence.  Melonie Ancheta, artist and specialist in Native Northwest Coast pigments and paint technology, will talk about her chapter "A Thin Red Line." 


Felix Soloman

The book by Pauline Hillaire (Scälla - Of the Killer Whale) contains 76 photographs, including Joe's most significant totem poles, many of which Scälla watched him carve.  She conveys with great insight the stories, teachings, and history expressed by her father's totem poles. Scälla prepared this historical record to encourage native artists, especially young people, to carry on traditional arts such as carving. 

The book also brings the work of a respected Salish carver to the attention of a broader audience. Eight contributors to the book provide essays on topics ranging from Coast Salish art history and pigment technology to oral tradition, intercultural relations, and the central role of art in Coast Salish life.

This event is free and open to the public, and is being offered in association with Western Libraries Northwest Collection, which features works by authors, scholars, and others whose efforts have contributed significantly to an understanding of this region. For more information, contact Elizabeth.Joffrion@wwu.edu.