Item 02 (MAN 221a - d) - Campbell River: Daisy Smith and Agnes Alfred

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Campbell River: Daisy Smith and Agnes Alfred

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02 (MAN 221a - d)

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  • December 11, 1970 (Creation)
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    Daisy May Sewid-Smith
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    Campbell River
  • December 11, 1970 (Creation)
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    Agnes Alfred
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    Campbell River

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(1938)

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Daisy May Sewid-Smith (née Sewid) was born in Alert Bay, BC, on November 28, 1938, daughter of Chief James Sewid and Flora Violet Alfred, and granddaughter of Agnes Alfred. After graduating school, she took a secretarial course at Vancouver College and worked for the Indian Affairs Branch in Alert Bay. During her time in Alert Bay, she published several articles and books about the prosecution of potlatches and the confiscation and return of artifacts by the Canadian government.
Daisy Sewid-Smith is one of the leading linguistic experts in the Kwakwakka’wakw community, teaching the language and developing a method to transcribe it. She wrote a grammar book for the Kwak’wala language. She also translated some of Franz Boas’ texts in the context of land claim issues and contributed to the UN convention on the rights of the child. Sewid-Smith works in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria and was a member of the Advisory Council for the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society.
In the late 1970s, her grandmother, Agnes Alfred, introduced her to Martine J. de Widerspach-Thor (later Martine J. Reid) with whom she recorded and translated her grandmother’s memoirs between 1979 and 1985. From then until the late 1990s, they put a hold in their project for personal and work-related reasons. In the late 1990s, they resumed their work, which lead to the publication of the book Paddling to Where I Stand in 2004.

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(ca.1890-1992)

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Agnes Alfred (née Agnes Bertha Joe and also known as Axu, Axuw or Axuwaw) was a noble Qwiqwasutinuxw woman from the Kwakwakawakw Nation. She was known in her community as one of the last great storytellers in the classic oral tradition.

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Item is a recording of Daisy Sewid-Smith and Sgnes Alfred. Item was recorded by Daisy Sewid-Smith at Campbell River, prior to Martine Reid involvement. Item was translated by Daisy Sewid-Smith in 1979.
Item includes four cassette tapes with Agnes Alfred and Dorothy Hawkins talking about love songs; the Hamatsa mask song; permission to use the chant of the Nimpkish, of the Kwakiutl; and their life story.
Item was numbered by creator with roman number II.

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Audiotapes Box 18

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