Charles Elliott Pole, University of Victoria
This is another pole carved by Charles Elliott of the Tsartlip First Nation – not long ago I featured a recently carved pole of his called Water Keeper. This pole has no name that I can find, but in fact there is almost no information about the pole available on-line. It is situated in the main quadrangle at U-Vic, across from the library and, appropriately, near to the Elliott Building. It was commissioned by the university in 1990 to mark the Learned Societies Conference held there that year. It is one of several poles and other first nations art prominently displayed around the university grounds. One post (showing a nice HDR photo of this pole) quotes from a university website no longer available that “Twenty-six feet high it tells an old family legend connected with the waterfront near the University.” That is pretty much all I can find out about the pole, it would be interesting to know more of the story behind it.
I am very taken with this pole – the woman on the front is a particularly powerful figure but the whole design holds together very well. I hope you enjoy seeing it too, with quite a lot of emphasis on details within camera range.
I have previously featured the public art of Charles Elliott – he did the decorative bronze plaques on the Oak Bay Songhees history cairns which featured in a series of early posts on this blog. I have not actively sought out his work, but seem to be continuously coming across it. He is clearly one of the most prolific local artists of any cultural background creating public art in Greater Victoria.
To view the gallery click on any of the thumbnails below, to navigate in the gallery use the arrows on the sides of the images, or on your keyboard, to return to this page hit escape.
This site can be found on my map of First Nations markers and Songhees geography in the Victoria area, at this link.
Canon EOS 5Dii, Canon 50/1.4 and Nikkor-N 24/2.8 lenses, ISO 100.