Beyond Eden, a musical by Bruce Ruddell, is based on real events. In 1957, a team of museum anthropologists cut down the ancient Haida totem poles on the Queen Charlotte Islands. The well-meaning intention was to preserve them – but from the native point of view this was an act of desecration.

The world premiere production at Theatre Calgary starred John Mann, the (bald) lead singer of Spirit of the West. The image is a simple portrait of Haida graphics painted on John's head. The makeup took four hours to apply.

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