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Curatorial Acknowledgements

Introduction to Web Site

To the Totem Forests: Emily Carr and Contemporaries Interpret Coastal Villages is the first exhibit in which the voice of First Nations people is used to describe drawings, paintings and prints which were created by Emily Carr, Walter Phillips, A.Y. Jackson, George Pepper, Langdon Kihn and F.M. Bell-Smith. This voice, through first-person testimony and anthropological records provides context for the artworks and corrects some misinterpretations unwittingly introduced by the artists.

Further, the exhibit incorporates historical photographs, taken before and during the years these artists painted, which provide new insights into the depiction of Northwest Coast monumental sculpture during the first three decades of the 20th century.

Finally, the exhibit offers viewers a wealth of paintings of totem pole villages created in the early 20th century - dynamic works of art which express the excitement many Canadian painters felt when encountering First Nations cultures and art on the Northwest Coast of Canada.

The exhibition, To the Totem Forests: Emily Carr and Contemporaries Interpret Coastal Villages, will be shown at three venues; it is accompanied by a catalogue and this on-line version of the exhibition.

To the Totem Forests will be on exhibit at the:

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
August 5 to October 31, 1999

Vancouver Art Gallery
December 3, 1999 to April 23, 2000

Kamloops Art Gallery
June 10 to August 27, 1999

The opportunity to present To the Totem Forests as an on-line website is the result of collaboration between the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, organizer of the exhibition, the curators Peter Macnair and Jay Stewart, Stewart Macnair Inc., the web designers, Industrial Art Internet Group Ltd., and the Heritage Branch of British Columbia. Funding was generously provided by Industry Canada's Digital Collections Program.

Additional ethnohistoric photographs, which relate to the exhibit topic, are provided from the Audio Visual Collection, Anthropology Section, Royal B.C. Museum. Catalogue information is transcribed verbatim and provides information which has been added to the catalogue cards over a thirty year period.

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