There's much more to this story, including the tragic smallpox epidemic of 1862 which nearly wiped out the entire First Nations population on the west coast, and almost destroyed this culture. Recent revival of the skills such as totem carving is much more than just art; it is deeply symbolic of the survival and resurgence of this culture and these people.
In visiting I have to say that I found the dim light very hard to cope with. The camera, with ISO set at 1600 or higher, provided nice pictures with no flash, but it automatically brightened up all the photos to what you see in the ones above. I have tried in this last photo to dim the light down to what it actually looked like. My vision is quite good outdoors and if the lighting is good, but in this gallery it was very frustrating. I know that this is presumably done to protect the artifacts, but it still made it difficult to enjoy the exhibit.
Meanwhile here at home in the valley, the rain is over! We enjoyed a bright sunny, if cool day, and got out to see some waterfalls, running at their highest after all the rain. Some great pictures for after we've finished our west coast tour!