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Raven's Canoe, a Tour of the Grand Hall

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In Haida mythology, Raven's magic canoe can be shrunk to the size of a pine needle or expanded to hold the entire universe. In keeping with this idea, the Grand Hall at the Canadian Museum of Civilization was built in the shape of a giant canoe to house the magnificent totem poles of the First Nations People who live on the coast of British Columbia. Their traditional houses are another remarkable feat. Six of these houses, representing the different linguistic groups on the Coast, have been reconstructed in the Grand Hall. This video combines views of the exhibit with historical film and contemporary footage.

1993, 31 min