Museum of Anthropology

I’m not a big fan of museums, but this Vancouver museum deserved another visit. Situated on Musqueam land, it housed First Nation every day objects and totem poles from all over British Columbia.

Brentwood boxes
Brentwood boxes

I had always been fascinated by brentwood boxes, but assumed they were only for storage. I soon learned they were also used for cooking and sometimes as coffins. With so much rain on the west coast these cedar boxes, using a steam-bending technique, were waterproof.

Totem poles
Totem poles, Museum of Anthropology

Behind the boxes were totem poles stretching towards the high ceiling, and while there were other artifacts from all over the world this was my favourite section.

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