• Early stages of carving

    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

  • Being watched

    by the public who were invited to observe the experts at work.

  • Once carved

    the pole was painted. Here we see Patrick Amos at work.

  • Painting

    with Patrick Amos (left) and Tim Paul (right)

  • Keen observers

    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.

  • Moving

    the totem pole into the World Cultures gallery

  • Ceremonial music

    song, and dances were performed by all members of the Na-yii-I family

  • Once erected

    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.

  • Finally installed

    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.