By Hillaire, Joe; Fields, Gregory P.; Hillaire, Pauline
Joseph Hillaire (Lummi, 1894–1967) is well-known as one of many nice Coast Salish artists, carvers, and tradition-bearers of the 20 th century. In A Totem Pole History, his daughter Pauline Hillaire, Scälla–Of the Killer Whale (b. 1929), who's herself a widely known cultural historian and conservator, tells the tale of her father’s existence and the conventional and modern Lummi narratives that encouraged his work.
A Totem Pole History comprises seventy-six photos, together with Joe’s most vital totem poles, lots of which Pauline watched him carve. She conveys with nice perception the tales, teachings, and historical past expressed by means of her father’s totem poles. 8 individuals offer essays on Coast Salish paintings and carving, including to the author’s portrayal of Joe’s philosophy of paintings in Salish existence, fairly within the context of 20th century intercultural relations.
This enticing quantity offers an old checklist to motivate local artists and brings the paintings of a revered Salish carver to the eye of a broader audience.
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There is someone greater than I, for this is where He has been. ” She continues, “That is the strongest prayer that I have ever heard. It is the Spirit of the Earth, reaching into our hearts. Look at the beautiful sand, the crystal sandy beaches, the smell of the air, the sun as it hovers toward the west, sparkling on the water. You can see beauty in every quivering detail. The birds are singing their little hearts out in celebration; they can’t keep it in, thrilling in the beauty of the afternoon.
Get acquainted with nature and the elements. Don’t rush in recklessly or needlessly. Probe the core of your question. Use the vision of your imagination to see the inner dimension of your question. There are differences between people and cultures. We must respect those differences. When you can do as well with what is strange as with what is familiar, then you are a superior person. There are also times when what seems superior is inferior. That is when you must come to terms with your spiritual self.
13 Pauline told them, “I am passing on the songs that my father shared with the children of the universe. . As his daughter, all I am doing is fine-tuning the songs for this age. As I teach, I share the correct words, information, and stories behind them. Now is the time to make sure they are passed on correctly. ”14 It is a marvel to watch Pauline bring out the depth of each student’s creativity and understanding. When sharing Joe Hillaire’s story and song “Grandmother Rock and the Baby Crabs,” recorded by Willard Rhodes for the Library of Congress (1954), Pauline gives a full-spectrum experience that engages students with the natural world.