By Hillaire, Joe; Fields, Gregory P.; Hillaire, Pauline

ISBN-10: 080324097X

ISBN-13: 9780803240971

Joseph Hillaire (Lummi, 1894–1967) is famous 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 important totem poles, lots of which Pauline watched him carve. She conveys with nice perception the tales, teachings, and heritage expressed by means of her father’s totem poles. 8 participants supply essays on Coast Salish artwork and carving, including to the author’s portrayal of Joe’s philosophy of paintings in Salish lifestyles, quite within the context of 20th century intercultural relations.

This attractive quantity presents an old checklist to inspire local artists and brings the paintings of a revered Salish carver to the eye of a broader audience.

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We can’t overrun her. Europeans are always running away. We didn’t have to run away. We need to love where we are. Our hope is that the coming generations can do the same. They must protect the land. My father knew that I would do this work and that it would not be easy. He said he couldn’t get into the ring with me, but he would stand on the sidelines and cheer. That’s where he is now. The dead are not powerless. They are powerful. Pauline’s book Rights Remembered offers a sensitive perspective on how we can acknowledge and begin to reverse generations of abuse and thoughtlessness against indigenous peoples and the ecological fabric of life on earth.

Pauline needed a change. She divorced her first husband and in the 1960s moved to Seattle to work as a secretary for Boeing in an electrical engineering department. Then she got a position at the University of Washington as a level-three secretary in the Personnel Department. It was here that she met Erna Gunther, who was professor and chair of anthropology and director of the Burke Museum at the University of Washington. Professor Gunther encouraged her to write a book. ”10 Professor Gunther saw its value and wanted Pauline to expand it into a book, but Professor Gunther also criticized it, saying that each section should be a chapter.

Pauline recounts many childhood adventures that instilled in her the wonder and mystery of life. During these years, her parents continued her education in earnest both by their example and by what they expected of their children. With a single look they could communicate a silent conversation, indicating what needed to be done, their approval, or their disapproval. Masters of the art of the one-liner, both parents prized a highly developed intellect, memory, and sense of humor. They were athletes, strong people who knew how to survive against the odds.

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