Klee Wyck by Emily Carr
Emily Carr was “Klee Wyck”, “Laughing One”, to the Indians of British Columbia. She went among them to paint their totems and villages and her experiences form the basis for the pieces in Klee Wyck. Full of humour, pathos and warm understanding, the anecdotes refect the affinity she felt for these people.
My rating: ★★
I have to admit I’m pretty disappointed with this one. I was so completely blown away by The House Of All Sorts, and this earlier work is nowhere near as powerful despite a bigger landscape. There are some eerie pictures painted of empty Indian government villages and their abandoned totem poles, but there seems to be no beginning, no end, and no flow. Too bad, as this one won the Governor General’s award.