Totem Pole Raising, Traditional Native Medicines
(Series: Creative Native)
Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12
Run Time: [23:41]
Acclaimed Tsimshian Totem pole carver David Boxley takes us through the process of how he constructs a totem pole. David Boxley, an artist from Matlakatla, Alaska, has carved over 56 poles that stand in galleries around the world. We see David's work unfold over the period of three months as he struggles to create a monumental piece of art. The dramatic finale is when a pole is raised and a celebration ensues. Vibrant traditional music and dance complete this dramatic segment. Finally, Tamara shows us how to make cedar soap with Indigenous designs and raffia. Tamara melts soap, adds fragrance and color, then pours it into moulds. Tamara then primes the soap and decorates with unique Indigenous designs. The final product is decorated with raffia and displayed in a bathroom.
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