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Appendix: A Remarkable Woman

In Emily Carr's time (1871–1945), women did not usually paint landscapes. They were expected to paint portraits, floral arrangements known as still lifes or scenes of domestic life. Carr, however, painted outdoors, depicting First Nations villages and the deep forest, places where women did not usually go.

A Skidegate Pole, 1941-1942, is based on a sketch Emily Carr made when she travelled up the coast of British Columbia in 1912. Back then women did not usually travel alone in the wilderness. Only men had this kind of freedom. Most women were concerned with home, marriage and family. Emily decided at an early age that she would not marry, and she never did. Her home included nature—especially the forest.