I have always had a fascination with Pacific Northwest woodcarvings and a couple of weeks ago I was in Vancouver and had a chance to visit a few places to see these carvings up close.
I first went to Hills Native Art store which, though a retail outlet, is more like a museum or art gallery. It has hundreds of pieces of contemporary Native woodcarvings.
Next I had the chance to spend an afternoon in Stanley Park where the high point of my day was a visit to Totem Park. There are eight Totem poles there and a small interpretive center.
Then I visited the Museum Of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia where I got a chance to see and learn more about traditional woodcarving through actual artifacts.
I came home, not only with a better appreciation of First Peoples artwork, but with more of an understanding of their history and culture.
If anyone is interested I have posted quite a few photos on my website located here:
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