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Joseph Hillaire (Lummi, 1894and#8211;1967) is recognized as one of the great Coast Salish artists, carvers, and tradition-bearers of the twentieth century. In A Totem Pole History, his daughter Pauline Hillaire, Scand#228;llaand#8211;Of the Killer Whale (b. 1929), who is herself a well-known cultural historian and conservator, tells the story of her fatherand#8217;s life and the traditional and contemporary Lummi narratives that influenced his work.

A Totem Pole History contains seventy-six photographs, including Joeand#8217;s most significant totem poles, many of which Pauline watched him carve. She conveys with great insight the stories, teachings, and history expressed by her fatherand#8217;s totem poles. Eight contributors provide essays on Coast Salish art and carving, adding to the authorand#8217;s portrayal of Joeand#8217;s philosophy of art in Salish life, particularly in the context of twentieth century intercultural relations.

This engaging volume provides an historical record to encourage Native artists and brings the work of a respected Salish carver to the attention of a broader audience.

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These collected myths and tales of the Indians of the Pacific Northwest—the Klamath, Nez Perce, Tillamook, Modoc, Shastan, Chinook, Flathead, Clatsop, and other tribes—were first published in 1910. Here are their stories concerning the creation of the universe, the theft of fire and daylight, the death and rebirth of salmon, and especially, the formation of such geographical features as The Dalles, the Columbia River, the Yukon River, and Mounts Shasta, Hood, Rainier, Baker, and Adams.
 
Katharine Berry Judson began with native oral tradition in retelling these stories. They represent, as Jay Miller says, “a distillation of tribal memory and a personification of environmental wisdom.” Some legends—“Duration of Life,” “Old Grizzly and Old Antelope,” and “Robe of Kemush”—are almost literal translations, recorded by government ethnologists. Animating the beautifully wrought tales are entities like Coyote, Old Man Above, Owl and Raven and other Animal People, and Chinook Ghosts.

About the Author

Katharine Berry Judson was a professor of history at the University of Washington. She compiled and edited four collections of native myths and tales, including Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest, also available as a Bison Book.
 
Jay Miller, formerly assistant director and editor at the DArcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian at the Newberry Library, is an independent scholar and writer teaching the grammar of Tsimshian in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. He is the author of Tsimshian Culture (Nebraska 1997) and editor of Mourning Dove: A Salishan Autobiography (Nebraska 1990).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803275959
Editor:
Judson, Katharine Berry
Introduction:
Miller, Jay
Introduction by:
Miller, Jay
Introduction:
Miller, Jay
Editor:
Judson, Katharine Berry
Author:
Miller, Jay
Author:
Hillaire, Pauline
Author:
Fields, Gregory P.
Author:
Judson, Katharine Berry
Publisher:
Bison Books
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Legends
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Indian mythology
Subject:
Legends -- Northwest Coast of North America.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Studies in the Anthropology of North Ame
Series Volume:
104-311
Publication Date:
19970531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
76 photographs; 4 maps (bw)
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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These collected myths and tales of the Indians of the Pacific Northwest—the Klamath, Nez Perce, Tillamook, Modoc, Shastan, Chinook, Flathead, Clatsop, and other tribes—were first published in 1910. Here are their stories concerning the creation of the universe, the theft of fire and daylight, the death and rebirth of salmon, and especially, the formation of such geographical features as The Dalles, the Columbia River, the Yukon River, and Mounts Shasta, Hood, Rainier, Baker, and Adams.
 
Katharine Berry Judson began with native oral tradition in retelling these stories. They represent, as Jay Miller says, “a distillation of tribal memory and a personification of environmental wisdom.” Some legends—“Duration of Life,” “Old Grizzly and Old Antelope,” and “Robe of Kemush”—are almost literal translations, recorded by government ethnologists. Animating the beautifully wrought tales are entities like Coyote, Old Man Above, Owl and Raven and other Animal People, and Chinook Ghosts.
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