with Linus Lucas (left), master carver Tim Paul (centre) and apprentice carver Corey Amos Baiden (right)
Not just carving
with William Mark (front) keeping the area clean and safe
by the public who were invited to observe the experts at work.
the pole was painted. Here we see Patrick Amos at work.
with Patrick Amos (left) and Tim Paul (right)
Visiting school children listening to Leslie Mickey and watching Patrick Amos
Uses of cedar bark
Leslie Mickey making cedar bark rope to adorn the pole.
the totem pole into the World Cultures gallery
song, and dances were performed by all members of the Na-yii-I family
the final ceremony was to dedicate the pole, standing in its final position in the New World Cultures Gallery. Members of the Nuu-chah-nulth group performed a series of 'cicas' (or chants). The pole was gradually unveiled section by section revealing its full glory. As each figure was unveiled, a 'cica' was sung in dedication.
and ready for visitors to the refurbished galleries in 1998.
Documenting the carving of Ilchinik
The carving of Ilchinik was completed between 6 and 24 June 1998. This activity was documented using photography, film and audio recordings. Here photographs summarise what went on.