Outdoor Pole Walk

Last updated on
Friday, November 29th, 2019
Program Description

In this program, students will tour the poles that stand outside on the museum’s grounds overlooking the Salish Sea. An introduction to the life cycle of poles from tree cutting, carving and painting, to pole raising is presented through contemporary photographs. Students will study different tools, features and functions of Musqueam, Haida, Kwakwaka’wakw poles through guided observation and hands-on interaction with tools and materials. Students will become familiar with various styles and imagery carved on house, frontal, memorial and mortuary poles. A larger discussion of artistic traditions will present an opportunity for students to draw crests or figures to explain what their designs communicate about the First Nations cultures represented.

Big Ideas
  • Indigenous knowledge is passed down through oral history, traditions, and collective memory.
  • Indigenous societies throughout the world value the well-being of the self, the land, spirits, and ancestors.
  • Learning about indigenous peoples nurtures multicultural awareness and respect for diversity.
  • People from diverse cultures and societies share some common experiences and aspects of life.
  • The pursuit of valuable natural resources has played a key role in changing the land, people, and communities of Canada.
  • Natural resources continue to shape the economy and identity of different regions of Canada.
  • Trip Details
    For Grades: 
    3, 4, 5
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    90 minutes unless otherwise stated.
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