Cumshewa by Adelaide de Menil  

Adelaide de Menil, in communication with Bill Reid, explored the Northwest Coast from Vancouver Island to Southeast Alaska in the late 1960s. What she found was a silent landscape of ancient villages and decaying poles. Based on what she encountered, the two artists decided to record the art of the cultures they feared were disapearing.

De Menil captured on film the extent and power of the old village sites. Reid expressed in words the feelings evoked by those great and ancient sculptures. Their work was published in the volume Out of the Silence (1971). Adelaide de Menil has travelled all over the world, photographing people and their artworks. With her late husband Ted Carpenter, she has gathered one of the most important private collections of Northwest Coast art in the world. In 2010, she generously gave to the Bill Reid Centre her large archive of Northwest Coast photographs.

The gallery below features a selection of photographs taken by de Menil in Cumshewa.  

All images courtesy of Adelaide de Menil.