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A Totem Pole History, A Totem Pole History, 080324097X, 0-8032-4097-X, 978-0-8032-4097-1, 9780803240971, Pauline Hillaire Edited by Gregory P. Fields, Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians, A Totem Pole History, 0803249500, 0-8032-4950-0, 978-0-8032-4950-9, 9780803249509, Pauline Hillaire Edited by Gregory P. Fields, Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indian

A Totem Pole History
The Work of Lummi Carver Joe Hillaire
Pauline Hillaire
Edited by Gregory P. Fields

2013. 360 pp.
$40.00 s

Joseph Hillaire (Lummi, 1894–1967) is recognized as one of the great Coast Salish artists, carvers, and tradition-bearers of the twentieth century. In A Totem Pole History, his daughter Pauline Hillaire, Scälla–Of the Killer Whale (b. 1929), who is herself a well-known cultural historian and conservator, tells the story of her father’s life and the traditional and contemporary Lummi narratives that influenced his work.

A Totem Pole History contains seventy-six photographs, including Joe’s most significant totem poles, many of which Pauline watched him carve. She conveys with great insight the stories, teachings, and history expressed by her father’s totem poles. Eight contributors provide essays on Coast Salish art and carving, adding to the author’s portrayal of Joe’s philosophy of art in Salish life, particularly in the context of twentieth century intercultural relations.

This engaging volume provides an historical record to encourage Native artists and brings the work of a respected Salish carver to the attention of a broader audience.



Pauline Hillaire, Scälla–Of the Killer Whale, is a Lummi cultural historian, author, genealogist, artist, teacher, and conservator of Straits Salish knowledge and culture. She is the recipient of the 2013 Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award. Gregory P. Fields is a professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is the author of Religious Therapeutics.

"This book operates just like a totem pole—each essay is a face and each face has many meanings, and together, they combine to tell a tale." —Portland Book Review

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