Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Even the Keet's Teeth Are Chattering

Smile

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Smile! These bared killer whale teeth would make an orthodontist envious. This close up of a huge Kaigani Haida grave monument replica is directly outside the entrance to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. This is a replica carved by museum director emeritus Bill Holm, based on photos and fragments of the 1880 original carved by John Wallace in Howkan, Alaska for a member of the Koohl-Keet family.

11 comments:

oldmanlincoln said...

Wow. This even looks cold. Nice photograph.

Small City Scenes said...

Those are big teeth, but nice and white and even. MB

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Rafa said...

or it's perhaps smiling for the photo?? :)

Chuck Pefley said...

With teeth like that I'd smile too -:)

I've never visited the Burke. Thanks for reminding me. Now I think I need to go visit. Happy "tax day" Kim.

~Chuck

Olivier said...

superbe gros plan de cette sculpture, de quoi faire des cauchemars ;o)

Superb close-up of this sculpture, what to do nightmares ;o)

babooshka said...

Reminds me of the "Blue Meanie" in Yellow Submarine. Startling image.

meganc said...

Great perspective on the whale!

I have one nit to pick: the carver is *Bill* Holm. The man's a genius.

Ken said...

Nice photo. Amazing carving.

Kim said...

Thanks guys for these kind comments and observations! Rafa, you crack me up! And Olivier, I imagine it does look a bit like a nightmare.
Meganc, many thanks for catching my slip with Bill Holm's name. I was typing on the fly keeping both carver's names in mind and typed John twice. Yes, the man Is a genius and has accomplished so much and given so much of value to his students and the world. What an accomplished life, and he just exudes that joy that comes of living out who you are and touching others lives with your passion. He's left an indelible legacy of research into Pacific Northwest's early native culture.
-Kim

Corey Templeton said...

nice shot!