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Pole Walk

In this 90-minute program, students learn about the life cycle of poles: from tree cutting, carving and painting, to pole raising and life-cycle. 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. Touring the outdoor poles and visiting the poles of MOA’s iconic Great Hall, students will become familiar with various styles and imagery carved on house, frontal 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 Northwest Coast First Nations cultures.