The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia is renowned for it's collection of artifacts from the First Nation bands of the Pacific Northwest.
We were here before, many years ago, and it's collection of totem poles has always lingered in my memory. We knew we wanted to make a return visit. This was our second stop on Thursday.
Many of the objects here have photographic evidence of where and when they were collected and how they were used. This is an exterior house post.
An interior house post that held up the roof bean.
An exquisite modern carving.
Tom has always been intrigued by bent wood cedar boxes.
The walls of bentwood boxes, or chests, are made of a single plank of cedar. The corners are scored, then the plank is steamed and bent into four walls, then fastened in just one corner.
The basket collection is immense. And all of the drawers under the glass cases hold countless carvings and weavings and tools and so many other treasures.
I love the ceremonial masks. The collection here is huge.
In a special room all of its own is a large modern wooden carving, "The Raven and the First Men".
Back in the totem gallery.
And then a little trip outside to see a recreation of a long house.
The exterior of the museum.
An old cedar stump.
It was good to be back here again to experience these treasures of the original culture of the PNW, the place we call home.