ARTISTIC SIGNIFICANCE OF POLES BY THE FIRST NATIONS OF HAIDA GWAII
The Fist Nations of Haida Gwaii created these historic poles as monuments to represent, commemorate, and appreciate ancestry, events, histories, and their people. Typically crafted from red cedar, artists also curved these elements of art from malleable wood naturally abundant along the coastal strip of the Pacific West. The choice of the art material was equally instrumental in keeping with the traditional elements of the original craftwork. These art forms aimed to create a unique visibility within the community. Most of these artistic poles displayed humanity, and crest animals. Others were instrumental in unmasking the lineage of a family and in validating the potent rights, as well as the privileges that such lineages mean to the communities.
Exploration of Family Ties and Uniqueness These poles would not merely seek to trace history so much as compared to documentaries in print. They are in their own way very dear to the indigenous populations of the First Nations owing to their ability to trace the trajectory of life forms. They offer the basic orientation to the community’s rich cultures by exploring the uniqueness of particular families and tracing their roots through art. Typically, varieties presented in these recent poles provided features with artistic symbolism that idealized human, stylized animal, while developing the community consciousness on supernatural life forms. These poles were essentially visual exemplification of kinship, depicting family ties and clan membership. In addition, they depicted man’s journey across the ages in relation to the legendary images. For instance, some families from the Vancouver Island featured a Thunderbird crest, making it easy to trace the familial legends within their poles.
Production of Artistic Elements Perhaps some significant crest that the First Nations produced included the wolf, grizzly bear, eagle, killer whale, raven, thunderbird, salmon, and frog among other collections. These elements of art were instrumental in these poles since they depicted some of the indigenous animals the society appreciates today. In these poles, influential and wealthy families were at a vintage position given that their cluster was broader than those who possessed more than one crest. As a result, these poles suggested that nature manifest itself in many ways, and individuals are likely to benefit from these manifestations depending on an individual’s lack as to where he or she is born. Being born in a particular family is a pointer to show that these poles can influence and shape individuals’ path in life. Moreover, these poles were instrumental in honoring individuals for the great contributions they make to the society in their course of life. Apart from that, they were exceptionally effective in commemorating historic events that the community has been in a position to experience gradually.
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