Collection 135 - X̄a’islak̓ala/X̌àh̓isl̩ak̓ala (Haisla language) collection

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X̄a’islak̓ala/X̌àh̓isl̩ak̓ala (Haisla language) collection

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  • Textual record
  • Sound recording

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the collection.

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  • 1974 - 1980 (Creation)

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6 sound recordings (mp3)
4 PDF documents

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Custodial history

Materials in the collection were originally accumulated by Gisela Mendel, former curator of the Kitimat Museum, and given to John Kelson, Kitimat resident and fisheries biologist. It is unclear from where they originated prior to their collection, however it appears that they were intended to be passed on to the linguist Emmon Bach. These materials were donated by John Kelson to MOA's archives, digitized, and the originals have been given to the Kitimat Museum & Archives. MOA only retains the digital surrogates.

Scope and content

Collection consists of Haisla cultural documentation and X̄a’islak̓ala/X̌àh̓isl̩ak̓ala (Haisla language) learning material, including sound recordings, stories, a dictionary, and lessons/workbooks. The collection has been divided into two series:

  1. Sound recordings
  2. Textual materials

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Donated to the archives by John Kelson.


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Original tape cassettes and documents are held by the Kitimat Museum & Archives.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Created by Sophie Roberge, March 2018.

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  • Digital Storage: Haisla Language collection, digital records