Fonds 50 - Gordon and Louanne Houston fonds

Shirl Hall paints Gi'wa bow Gi’wa celebration feast - the paddlers. Robert Windsor funeral. Gi’wa prepares to leave. Lootaas expedition visits - Gi’wa goes out to meet the Lootaas. Frank Brown at stern. Lootaas expedition visits - Evelyn Windsor on beach, waiting. Lootaas expedition visits - Miles Richardson and Bill Reid arrive. Lootaas expedition visits - Bella Bella hereditary chiefs on beach. Lootaas expedition visits - Lootaas and Gi’wa Lootaas expedition visits - Lootas drummer, paddle salute. Lootaas expedition visits - Haida paddlers on beach. Note eagle down. Lootaas expedition visits - Haida paddlers Lootaas expedition visits Moses Hamchitt in Lootaas canoe Totem pole – Storey Point, Bella Bella Totem pole – Storey Point, Bella Bella

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Gordon and Louanne Houston fonds

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  • 1985 - 1987 (Creation)
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80 photographs : col. slides ; 35 mm

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From 1985-1987, Gordon and Louanne Houston lived with their young son Peter in the village of Bella Bella (Waglisla) on Campbell Island in British Columbia. Gordon was the village dentist and Louanne was employed as a nurse at W.R. Large Memorial Hospital during this period.

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During their time living in Bella Bella, the Houstons took many photographs of the lives of the Heiltsuk First Nation community documenting the day-to-day lives of the Heiltsuk First Nation as well as ceremonial activities. The colour slides document the construction, painting, and launching of the Gi’wa, a Heiltsuk canoe which sailed with the Lootaas, the Haida canoe built by Bill Reid for Expo 86. Some of the slides document the welcome feast at Bella Bella in honour of the Haida crew of the Lootaas. The colour slides also document several potlatches and wedding feasts held in the community hall, and the local Sports Day parade. Slides also depict the role of the fishing in the community, such as smoking salmon and processing roe. Other photos document gravestones on a nearby cemetery island, derelict canneries, petroglyphs and pictographs, totem poles and house posts, all in or near Bella Bella.

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Some material in this fonds has been digitized and is available to view online.

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Access restricted to some items in this fonds due to presence of culturally sensitive material. Consult archivist for details.

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Copyright transferred to MOA by Houston.

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Copied from MemoryBC on November 20, 2015, by Katie Ferrante.
Digital images added March 2016.

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  • Box: Alan R. Sawyer fonds 1
  • Box: Multiple private records 6