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Vickie Jensen and Jay Powell fonds

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  • 1969-2008

Fonds consists of records relating to the numerous culture and language projects that Powell and Jensen worked on since 1976. The communities with which they worked include:
• The Quileute of La Push
• The Kwakwaka’wakw of Alert Bay
• The Gitksan of Kispiox, Gitanyow, and surrounding villages
• The Nuu-chah-nulth of Vancouver Island
• The Musqueam of Vancouver
• The Seton Lake St'at'imc (Lillooet) of Shalalth
• The Shuswap of Alkali Lake, Soda Creek, Dog Creek, Canim Lake, and Sugar Cane
• The Haisla of Kitamaat
• The Nisga’a of Gingolx (Kincolith) and New Aiyansh

Most of the projects had an end goal to produce a book, language education materials, or teacher training materials. Often the education materials incorporated cultural lessons throughout. The records created in the production of the books are varied and reflect the intrinsic connection between language, culture, and daily activities in the communities. Powell and Jensen were co-editors for nearly all of the language books and materials produced. Although some of the projects reflected in the records were done primarily by Powell or primarily by Jensen, the vast majority of the work involves collaboration between the two in some aspect. As Jensen and Powell immersed themselves in the communities they worked for, often their personal photographs and records are interspersed with those relating to their work. This community involvement enhanced their relationships with the people with whom they were working and allowed them to experience and participate in cultural activities as part of those communities. This close relationship is reflected in and is integral to their work. Jensen and Powell have two sons: Nels, born in 1978, and Luke, born in 1981. Their sons travelled with them to the communities in which they worked and lived, and on their work trips and sabbaticals. Nels and Luke are also present in many of the photographic records.

The records contain a mixture of research, field notes, administrative records, and publications at various stages, in addition to audio and visual records. Field notes, for the most part handwritten, and archival research into language and culture groups was undertaken by Powell, whilst the majority of the photography, found in a variety of formats, was done by Jensen. Manuscripts and final publications were a combined effort and are included at various stages. Administrative records, including grant proposals, are found throughout.

Fonds consists of 13 series of records. Series are arranged according to community and/or project, and include:

  1. Quileute
  2. Chinook Jargon
  3. Kwak’wala (U’Mista)
  4. Gitksan
  5. Nuu-chah-nulth
  6. Salishan
  7. Shuswap
  8. Haisla
  9. Tait
  10. Northwest Coast artists
  11. Northwest Coast groups
  12. UBC totems/events
  13. Publications

Vickie Jensen and Jay Powell

Audio recordings

Consists of audio recordings used as research material for Powell’s dissertation and in the creation of the Quileute language education materials

Audio recordings

Consists of audio recordings created for various purposes. Many are recordings community members reading the language education materials created in both the Western and Eastern dialects. These recordings were intended to be used in conjunction with the books. Other recordings consist of interviews with community informants. Powell used the recorded interviews in preparation for the creation of language education materials. Finally, some of the recordings include community stories and songs that were considered and sometimes used in the language materials.

Audio recordings

Consists of audio recordings of community members reading the Nuu-chah-nulth language education books. The recordings consist of more than one copy of most of the books, as they are read in various dialects

Salishan audio recordings

Consists of audio recordings made as part of the research for the Musqueam and Seton Lake Lillooet language materials. The Musqueam recordings mainly consist of interviews with informant Andrew Guerin on lexical and grammatical aspects of the language. The information on these recordings were used by Powell in the Musqueam language books. The Lillooet recordings are of community member Cida Link reading the Lillooet alphabet. These were done to accompany educational materials.

Recordings

Consists of audio recordings of the Let’s Study Shuswap and Learning Shuswap series of books. Created to accompany the language education materials.

Publications series

Series consists of books created by or contributed to by Powell and Jensen. Many of the publications are final versions of the language education materials made for community use. A small number are publications on indigenous culture of the Northwest Coast for which Powell and Jensen were consulted, or in which Jensen’s photographs were used.

Series also contains a small number of magazine articles authored by Powell or Jensen.

Kwakwaka'wakw- Wakas Pole

Rodney Ward with Doug Cranmer at a ceremony held at Stanley Park for the Wakas pole replica carved by Doug Cranmer, a relative of Chief Wakas who commissioned the original Wakas pole in the late 1880s.

Kwakwaka'wakw- Wakas Pole

Rodney Ward with Doug Cranmer at a ceremony held at Stanley Park for the Wakas pole replica carved by Doug Cranmer, a relative of Chief Wakas who commissioned the original Wakas pole in the late 1880s.

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