First Nations Art in the Museum of Anthropology Vancouver

On our visit to Vancouver, we took a trip out of town to the Musuem of Anthropology on the University of BC Campus.  It isn’t on the normal tourist trail, but if you get the chance it is a place you must visit.

The staff were incredibly helpful and very knowledgeable; the site is very well set out and signposted.  All the exhibits are clearly detailed and there is so much to see that by the time I had reached the bottom of the ramp at the start of our visit, I had run out of adjectives!

These are some of the wonderful, clever, amazing and awe-inspiring things we saw there….

A collection at the bottom of the ramp

In the Koerner European Ceramics Gallery a tile stove from 1500-1600

and finally, in the Bill Reid Rotunda, my favourite “The Raven and the First Men”


The Raven and the First Men depicts human creation according to Haida legend and was commissioned by Walter and Marianne Koerner for the Museum. Bill Reid took two years to carve this amazing work from a giant block of laminated yellow cedar and it was dedicated on 1 April 1980.


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