• Short Summary

    Ancient craft of carving totem poles is demonstrated.

  • Description

    British Colombia, Canada.

    Two men carve and paint totem poles. A young girl sits beside them with a small wooden sculpture in her hands. The men are Arvid Charlie of the Cowichan tribe and his father Simon. They carve their totem poles from Red Cedar trunks with primitive hand tools.

    The narrator compares this ancient craft with some of the crazy modern art of the day. The narrator then explains the symbolism of totem poles. They do not constitute an idol nor tell a story - they are simply a selection of the family crests with the addition of a few legendary creatures. A "family tree with a difference". A young boy wearing what looks like a native American Indian head-dress carves a piece of wood. Two young Canadian boys clamber over a totem pole.

    View of a large uncarved Red Cedar trunk which makes an archway over a Canadian road.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    83.06
    Media URN:
    1352
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    08/12/1958
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:23:55:00 / 01:25:32:00
    Canister:
    CP 206

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