On October 1, 2000, the Museum of Anthropology and the Haida Nation raised by hand a totem pole by Haida artist Jim Hart.
The new pole was part of the Museum's ongoing efforts to restore and enhance its outdoor sculpture complex.
Since their installation in the 1960s, the two Haida houses and several poles which make up the complex have given more
than a million visitors from around the world a deep appreciation of the skill of Northwest Coast artists and the power
and beauty of their art and architecture.
At the centre of the complex are two Haida houses and six poles created between 1960 and 1962 by the late Haida artist
Bill Reid and Namgis artist Doug Cranmer. The two cedar-plank houses are of great historical significance, and are
likely the first traditional-style Haida dwellings to be built in the 20th century. Also prominent are two poles carved in the early
1950s by the late Kwakwaka'wakw chief, Mungo Martin. More recent sculptures represent Gitxsan, Nisga'a, Haida, and
Coast Salish traditions, as listed below.
Haida Village Complex Poles
1. Mortuary House Frontal Pole, 1960-62, Bill Reid, Haida, and Doug Cranmer, Namgis
2. Interior House Post, 1960-62, Bill Reid, Haida, and Doug Cranmer, Namgis
3. "Respect to Bill Reid Pole," 2000, Jim Hart, Haida
4. Copy of Old Massett Pole, 1982, Jim Hart, Haida
5. Single Mortuary Pole, 1960-62, Bill Reid, Haida, and Doug Cranmer, Namgis
6. Double Mortuary Pole, 1960-62, Bill Reid, Haida, and Doug Cranmer, Namgis
7. Memorial Pole, 1960-61, Bill Reid, Haida, and Doug Cranmer, Namgis
Other Outdoor Sculptures at MOA
8. Chief Kwekwelis Memorial Pole, 1951, Mungo Martin, Kwakwaka'wakw
9. Chief Kalifix Memorial Pole, 1951, Mungo Martin, Kwakwaka'wakw
10. 'Ksan Pole, 1980, Walter Harris and Rodney Harris, Gitxsan
11. House Posts, 1997, Susan Point, Musqueam
12. Welcome Figure, 1997, Susan Point, Musqueam
13. Welcome Figure, 1984, Joe David, Nuu-chah-nulth
14. Cedar Entrance Doors, 1976, Walter Harris, Earle Muldoe, Vernon Stephens, Art Sterritt, Gitxsan
15. Frog Clan Pole, 1977, Norman Tait, Nisga'a