Monday, May 26, 2008

Essence of Life

These [totem poles] were objects of bright pride, to be admired...They told the people of the completeness of their culture...

The people of the Northwest Coast were rich. Their sea even richer; they were enormously energetic, and they centered their society around what was to them the essence of life: what we now call "art".

--Out of the Silence by Adelaide de Menil and William Reid


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