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UBC Museum of Anthropology: Great Hall

This display is in the Great Hall of the UBC Museum of Anthropology. From its website:

 

The design of the Great Hall was inspired by the post-and-beam architecture of the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. Here you will find magnificent examples of works in red cedar originating from several communities, including the Haida, Kwakwakawakw, Gitxsan, Nisgaa, Haisla, Oweekeno, and others. Near the entrance to the Great Hall are a series of Source Books containing photographic essays on historic and contemporary topics relating to the First Nations of B.C. and Canada.

 

From the display card for this exhibit:

 

"Ancestor figure with slaves: With copper shields painted on its arms, pieces of copper (now missing) attached to its chin, and a sea-lion or whale head emerging from its chest, this imposing ancestor figure makes visible the Kwakwaka'wakw concept of the house as a sacred entity: an embodiment of the lineage and its supernatural origins."

 

"Slaves are portrayed holding up the ceremonial bench. Although capturing slaves through intertribal warfare had been abandoned on the Northwest Coast by 1900, these figures symbolize the wealth uplifting Tza'kyius and his lineage."

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Taken on June 14, 2012