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Totem Pole Carving: Bringing a Log to Life Paperback – September 1, 2003

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An important record of late twentieth—century pole carving that will be appreciated by future historians of Northwest Coast art.

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Engrossing to read, filled with insights into the personal side of the art.

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Photographs document the actual process of carving a totem pole

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  • Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 029598368X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295983684
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,785,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 5, 2000
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In Totem Pole Carving: Bringing A Log To Life, writer, editor and photographer Vickie Jensen collaborates with renowned Nisga'a artist Norman Tait and his crew of young carvers to document the actual process of creating a 42-foot Native American totem pole from a single log. The informative text is enhanced with 125 photographs and captures the charged atmosphere in which the pole is cared including blistered hands, camaraderie, pride in solving problems, awareness of tradition, and the joy of creation. A fascinating book which will interest woodworkers and sculptors, Totem Pole Carving is also a very highly recommended addition to personal, school, and community library Native American studies collections.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. smulders on May 24, 2010
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Its a nice complete story about the totem pole.
Its not about the way of carving in detail .
Gr. Richard (Holland)
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By Malcolm Schosha on February 26, 2011
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Vickie Jenson documents the process of creating a totem pole from the moment Nisga'a artist Norman Tait gets the commission to carve to a 42-foot doorway pole for the newly constructed Native Education Center in Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada), to the pole raising ceremony three months later. Every stage in the process of creating the pole is described; from choosing a redwood log of suitable size and quality, to rough shaping and carving, to finishing, to the the complex process of raising the pole. In the three months in which all this must be accomplished, the team of carvers working along with Tait must also design and make the ceremonial masks they will need during the pole raising, design and have button blankets made, and learn the Nisga'a songs and dances they will need to preform during the raising ceremony. The book really shows the making of a totem pole as part of, and continuation of, Nisga'a tradition and Nisga'a life. Its a great book, and fascinating to read. The abundant photographs are well done and a real help to following the stages of the carving.
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By Bruno Gyger on June 30, 2015
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Sehr gutes Buch !!!
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