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Author Jensen, Vickie, 1946- author.

Title Totem pole carving : Norman Tait, bringing a log to life / Vickie Jensen.

Publication Info. Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2020]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    730.92 Tait,N JEN 2020    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction.
Edition Second edition.
Description xiv, 185 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
still image sti rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Originally published: Where the people gather, ©1992.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Part 1. The Background : Introduction -- Norman Tait: Nisga'a Artist -- The Story of the Pole -- Part 2. Carving the Pole : Cutting the Log -- Rounding the Log -- Drawing the Design on the Pole -- Rough-Cutting the Figures -- Carving the Add-on Pieces: Beak and Fin -- Rounding Figures and Carving Faces -- The Signature Faces -- The End of the Roughing Stage -- The Finishing Stage -- Raising the Pole -- Appendix 1 : Visual Record of the Moon Face Figure -- Appendix 2 : Norman Tait: List of Major Works.
Summary "Author Vickie Jensen spent three months in the spring of 1985 with the renowned Nisga'a First Nations artist Norman Tait (1941-2016) and his crew of young carvers, documenting the process of transforming a raw cedar log to a forty-two-foot totem pole. The resulting unique book, featuring intimate, accessible text and 125 striking photographs, captures the atmosphere of their work-the smell of fresh cedar chips, the long days and blistered hands, the camaraderie, the pride in solving problems, the ever-present awareness of tradition, and the joy of creation.Totem Pole Carving gives the reader two equally rich stories: the step-by-step process of creating a magnificent doorway pole for Vancouver's Native Education Centre, and the triumph of the young crew as they master the skills and traditions necessary to carve. Originally published in hardcover under the title Where the People Gather, this new edition features a new preface from the author and an updated, lifetime-spanning survey of Tait's major works. The book will retain Norman Tait's original 1992 foreword"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Tait, Norman, 1941-2016.
Niska wood-carving.
Niska sculpture.
Totem poles -- British Columbia.
Niska Indians -- Rites and ceremonies.
Added Title Where the people gather
ISBN 9780295745329 paperback
0295745320 paperback

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