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Totem Pole activities !
Friends of Canada | The Canadian Institute in Greece | the Embassy of Canada |

A Program for all ages:
Totem: a gift of friendship
Two unique visitors from the other side of the world are eager to reveal their secrets!
How will you reciprocate this gift?

Saturday 27/10/2012, 11.00-13.00
Participation: € 5
For information and bookings: 210 3671 067-70 (Monday-Thursday 9.00–15.00)
The educational program will be in Greek

 

LECTURE: Invitation from the Canadian Institute in Greece: Lecture by Andrew Todd (Andrew Todd Conservators Ltd., Bowen Island, British Columbia) – Wednesday, 17 October 2012 – 19:30 until 21:30
“Totem Pole Conservation: Workshops and Projects”

This lecture is organized in collaboration with the Embassy of Canada within the context of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Canada-Greece diplomatic relations. The speaker is currently in Athens working at the Benaki Museum Annex on the conservation of the totem pole owned by the Government of Canada and situated for many years at the Official Residence. Following its restoration it will be displayed at the Museum for a period of time before being re-housed at the Embassy of Canada. Restoration work on the totem pole will be open to public viewing at the Benaki Museum Annex (138 Pireos St.) Thursday-Sunday, 10:00-14:00, for the period October 11-25, 2012.

Andrew Todd has been involved with a series of conservation workshops designed for preservation of totem poles that have been presented at Museums and First Nations cultural centres. He provided conservation services for the City of Ketchikan’s Museum Department between 1987 and 2001, and was involved with conservation workshops for First Nations artists in Alaska (1998 and 1999), in Vancouver (2004), in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii (2008), in Alert Bay (2009), and in Kitselas Canyon National Historic Site (2010).

In 2009 Andrew joined a Canadian Conservation Institute mission to re-examine the totem poles at S’Gang Gwaay, the World Heritage Site in Haida Gwaii, and also carried out a treatment project in Massett, Haida Gwaii. In British Columbia he has worked closely with Chuck (Ya’ya) Heit of the Gitk’san Nation in Kispiox, who has assisted on several occasions with conservation projects for the Vancouver International Airport, where 3 totem poles owned by the Museum of Vancouver are exhibited.

CIG, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7, Athens, Greece, 115 28

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RESTORATION IN ACTION. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Canada-Greece relations, the Canadian Embassy, in collaboration with the Benaki Museum, is restoring an original full-scale totem pole which was located for many years at the Canadian Official Residence. The totem pole, a prime example of art of the Pacific Northwest First Nations communities, has been moved to the Benaki Museum (Pireos St.) where it is undergoing full restoration work by Andrew Todd, an experienced Canadian conservator from Vancouver specializing in Indigenous art and culture.

Throughout the month of October visitors will have the opportunity to watch Andrew Todd work in a “live” workshop as he restores the totem pole to its original state. Once the restoration work is complete, the totem pole will be exhibited at the museum until the summer 2013, after which it will return to its permanent home, the Embassy of Canada in Athens.This project is an important event of the 70th anniversary celebrations as it represents a partnership between Canada and Greece for the preservation of cultural heritage and raising public awareness of world cultures. The Hellenic Studies Department at Simon Fraser University (headed by Dr. Andre Gerolymatos) and the Greek-Canadian Community in Vancouver also supported the project.

The totem pole is an original work of art created by Chief Tony Hunt, a hereditary chief of the KwaGulth people and one of the greatest living Canadian native artists of the Pacific Northwest. He is fluent in his native Kwak’wala language, which was taught to him by his grandfather, legendary artist Chief Mungo Martin. Chief Hunt created Thunderbird Park with his father, Chief Henry Hunt, and his grandfather. He also designed the Hunt Family Big House in the Royal British Columbia Museum, which is a showpiece for the world and a place of pride for his people. His grand masterpiece is the KwaGulth ceremonial Big House at Fort Rupert – the largest traditional native structure ever built in the Pacific Northwest. Chief Tony Hunt has designed nearly 100 full-scale totem poles – more than any First Nation artist. Many of his works are celebrated monuments in countries around the world. Victoria’s sister cities Morioka, Japan and Souchow, China, both have poles carved by him as gifts from the people of Victoria. He also has works of art in international museums and in the Canadian Embassies in Mexico City and Bonn. Among the many honours awarded to Chief Hunt outside his traditional culture are an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Royal Roads University and Citation of Merit from the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Andrew Todd has been involved with a series of conservation workshops designed for preservation of totem poles that have been presented at Museums and First Nations cultural centres. He provided conservation services for the City of Ketchikan’s Museum Department between 1987 and 2001, and was involved with conservation workshops for First Nations artists in Alaska (1998 and 1999), in Vancouver (2004), in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii (2008), in Alert Bay (2009), and in Kitselas Canyon National Historic Site (2010). In 2009 Andrew joined a Canadian Conservation Institute mission to re-examine the totem poles at S’Gang Gwaay, the World Heritage Site in Haida Gwaii, and also carried out a treatment project in Massett, Haida Gwaii. In British Columbia he has worked closely with Chuck (Ya’ya) Heit of the Gitk’san Nation in Kispiox, who has assisted on several occasions with conservation projects for the Vancouver International Airport, where 3 totem poles owned by the Museum of Vancouver are exhibited.

Public visiting hours: THURS-FRI-SAT-SUN 12:00-14:00 http://www.benaki.gr/index.asp?lang=gr&id=203000001&sid=1216

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Duration
04/10/2012 – 27/10/2012

Athens

Benaki Museum

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