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Carving demonstration by Mungo Martin

Item is a sound recording of an unidentified narrator providing the voice-over for an unidentified documentary. The narrator describes the techniques used by Mungo Martin as he provides a carving demonstration and also the acquisition by UBC of totem poles for Totem Park. The narrator also discusses the tools used by Mungo Martin, his methodology and symbolism used in his carvings. Mungo Martin does not speak during the recording.

Examples from How to Write the Bella Coola Language

Item is an audio recording of Mrs. Marget Siwallace providing Nuxalk translations of words to an interviewer, Randy Bouchard as part of the How to Write the Haida Language project. According to the recording, Mrs. Marget Siwallace, age 62, was formerly of Kimsquit and at the time of the recording was living in Bella Coola. She is featured in the book Bella Coola: Life in the Heart of the Coast Mountains by Hans Granander. Randy Bouchard co-founded the BC Indian Language Project in 1968 (https://www.memorybc.ca/british-columbia-indian-language-project) and is the author of numerous books on First Nations subject matter.

Examples from How to Write the Haida Language

Item is an audio recording of Mrs. Gertrude Kelly providing Skidegate Haida translations of words to an interviewer, Randy Bouchard as part of the How to Write the Haida Language project. According to the recording, Mrs. Gertrude Kelly was formerly of Skidegate and at the time of the recording was living in Vancouver. Randy Bouchard co-founded the BC Indian Language Project in 1968 (https://www.memorybc.ca/british-columbia-indian-language-project) and is the author of numerous books pertaining to First Nations subject matter.

Haida history spoken by Chief William Matthews of Masset Part 1

Item is a sound recording of Chief William Matthews of Massett, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia discussing various topics including: the formation of Native Brotherhood of British Columbia, which was established in 1931 and is recognized as Canada’s oldest active Native organization, and a senior BC fishing organization; proceeding years of the organization’s existence including who had governance in the organization, descriptions of various delegates, which villages were represented in the organization and the growth of the organization in subsequent years; personal stories about his family; history and social structure of the village he grew up in and of Haida peoples more broadly.

Haida history spoken by Chief William Matthews of Masset Part 2

[rr_0024t1a] Item is a sound recording of Chief William Matthews of Masset, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia discussing Haida history. Topics include: the history of Haida villages, particularly the village of Masset; carver Robert Davidson who lived in Masset during his infancy; and traditional forms of fishing and agriculture.

[rr_0024t2a] Item is a sound recording of William Matthews discussing Haida history. Topics include: stories about fishing and hunting expeditions as a child; how he became involved in Council work in Masset; impact of the work done by Council on the village and improvements made; specific individuals involved in Council; differences in the approach between Council now and during his tenure; observations about life in Masset now and then.

Haida singing Reel No. 1

Item is an audio recording of Mrs. Susan Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jones and Mr. Henry Young singing Haida songs, with drum accompaniment. The recording took place in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia.

Haida singing Reel No. 2

Item is an audio recording of Mrs. Susan Williams and Mr. Henry Young singing Haida songs, with drum accompaniment. An unidentified speaker introduces each song in English. The recording took place in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia.

House of Chief Albert Harry

Item is a photograph showing the family and relatives of Chief Albert Harry. From left to right: Kitty Harry, Albert Harry, Ned Wesley, Thomas Hailhemas and Mary Johnson-Walkus.

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Interview with Bill Reid about Celebration of the Raven Part 1

Item is the first of a three part sound recording of an interview with Bill Reid about the origins of his carving The Raven and the First Men, located at MOA. The interviewer is unknown. During the interview Bill Reid discusses how the sculpture was the result of a highly collaborative process involving other artists, his impression of the location of the carving in MOA, and his working relationship with Walter C. Koerner who commissioned the sculpture. He lastly discusses his representation and interpretation of the Haida legend that the carving is based on. This recording is part of Celebration of the Raven which documented the creation of the Raven and the First Men Sculpture, its relocation to the Museum of Anthropology, and the unveiling by the Prince of Wales in 1982.

Interview with Haida Elder Percy Brown

Item is an audio recording of an interview with Percy Brown, a Haida Elder and well-known singer, about birds, animals, fish, whaling and trapping terminology on Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. He is interviewed by two unidentified women. In the first half of the recording, he is asked questions about local birds, for example, partridges, puffins and sea gull, in order to determine Haida names for the birds and to determine if the birds are native to Haida Gwaii. He is asked similar questions about various types of vegetation, for example, plant roots. He also provides information about historic uses of trading and trapping in Haida Gwaii. Percy Brown is featured in the 1979 LP Songs from Masset, referenced in the publication Northern Haida Songs by John Enrico and Wendy Bross Stuart which is available in the MOA Reading Room, call number 12.7c HAI ENR.

Lecture and song by Nuu-chah-nulth artist Joe David

Item is an audio recording of a lecture by Nuu-chah-nulth artist Joe David about traditional Nuu-chah-nulth songs. He also sings several songs in Nuu-chah-nulth to drum accompaniment. The recording was made as part of MOA’s Public Lectures series titled Thursdays at the Museum.

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