Collaboration with Lucinda Turner.
The displacement of the survivors of the great volcanic eruption that covered much of the Nass River in upper British Columbia is a prominent Nisga’a story that links our people to the neighbouring nations; like many of the Raven stories, it is a connection to faraway places. There are also themes of survival, drastic change, environmental force, respect for nature and for the knowledge of elders.
Norman was born in 1941 in the northern community of Kincolith, British Columbia. He learned from his family protocols, oral histories and ceremonies and had an early interest in the arts. He carved the 16.5-metre (55-foot) totem pole for the entranceway to the Field Museum in Chicago and a totem pole commissioned by the British royal family for Bushy Park in London. He has carved and ceremonially raised five totem poles in Greater Vancouver, including at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology, Stanley Park, Capilano Mall and the Native Education Centre. He has conducted extensive research into Nisga’a art and is the foremost Nisga’a artist in wood, precious metals and graphics.
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