Ista Harmony Oud
Ista is Nuxalk from Bella Coola. She received assistance with the project from Dale McCreery and local elders in Bella Coola.
Explore a curated selection of Royal BC Museum objects and contemporary photographs that inspire this community member to continue working in the tradition.
This crook knife was used to carve faces on their poles
They carve with this thing too, this crook knife
This village of ours is really beautiful!
The pole is standing in the entrance of the house at Talyu.
They were really skilled at making totem poles at that time.
They are standing up the pole
The pole is grounded now.
It has an open mouth on it, and they go in by it.
Do you see how it was all painted before?
It was the house of Snuxyaltwa where this entrance pole was (it’s now standing in the museum)
This is the house of Tallio Hans, this is their entrance pole. (also standing in the museum now).
They would do adze work on the face of the pole with a tool like this, an adze.
Maybe this was used as a wedge as they split the future entrance pole.