Joseph Hillaire (Lummi, 1894-1967) 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, Scalla-Of the Killer Whale (b. 1929), who is herself a
well-known cultural historian and conservator, tells the story of
her father's life and the traditional and contemporary Lummi
narratives that influenced his work.
"A Totem Pole History" contains seventy-six photographs,
including Joe'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 father's totem poles. Eight
contributors provide essays on Coast Salish art and carving, adding
to the author's portrayal of Joe's philosophy of art in Salish
life, particularly in the context of twentieth century
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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