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Vickie Jensen and Jay Powell fonds Subseries
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Audio tapes and transcripts

Consists of tapes and transcripts used to form the text for Where the People Gather. The tapes contain a mix of recordings of Norman Tait teaching/directing the carving of the NEC pole and later poles, and more formal interviews between Jensen and the carvers involved in the projects of this time period.

Tait family and crew artists’ photographs

Consists of photographs documenting the work of various artists that assisted Norman Tait in the period that Jensen was photographing his work. Most of the photographs included in this sub-series are of the various side projects that the artists would spend time on whilst major projects such as totem poles were in progress. Artists photographed in this sub-series are: Norman Tait, Isaac Tait, Robert “Chip” Tait, Ron Telek , Wayne Young, Valerie Tait, Alver Tait, Bernice __ .

Misc. photographs

Consists of photographs taken of social events and carvers connected to the Tait project, but not officially part of the project itself. Jensen was invited to a number of feasts and parties hosted by the Tait family, which she often photographed, making a gift of the pictures to the family members. At one of the parties, a family member performed a dance wearing a mask made to represent Jensen and her camera, complete with the sound of the shutter. In addition to events, Jensen met a number of artists, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, through her acquaintance with the Taits, and she often photographed them.

Native Education Centre (NEC) pole photographs

Consists of photographs taken by Jensen for the creation of the book Where the People Gather, which covers the creation of a pole by Norman Tait and his team over a number of months. Includes some later photographs showing changes to the pole due to ageing.

Photographs

Consists of photographs documenting life in Kitamaat village, as well as journeys taken in the creation of various publications for the Haisla projects, such as the journey leading to the creation of By Punt to Kitlope.

Publications and research material

Consists of notes and copies of two publications: By Punt to Kitlope (curriculum booklet 2006); two copies of the Haisla Unity Feast Book, called Our Lands, Nuyem and Stories (2005); 160 km of Haisla History: Guidebook for a visit to the Kitlope; and Our Nuyem Says… (a school curriculum).

Reports

Consists of reports done by Powell for the Kitamaat Village Council on the traditional use and occupancy of land as it relates to a number of issues, such as specific resource areas and land under proposal for non-traditional uses.

Notebooks

Consists of copies of six notebooks kept by Powell during the first two years of his work with the Haisla speaking people. Notebooks contain notes taken during interviews in Kitamaat.

Recordings

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

Photographs and slides

Consists of photographs and slides created for use in the Let’s Study Shuswap books, as well as a number of images of Jensen, Powell, and their two young sons in the community.

Shuswap teacher training

Consists of materials produced for teaching training and development during Phase 2 of the Shuswap project. Includes a Teacher’s Manual developed with the assistance of Joy Wild, teaching units, Chilcotin readers by Maria Myers (produced during this period by Jensen) and a Chilcotin alphabet sheet.

Original manuscripts publications

Consists of the original manuscripts of Let’s Study Shuswap: Book 1, Let’s Study Shuswap: Book 2, Learning Shuswap: Book 1, and Learning Shuswap: Book 2. Manuscripts include typed and handwritten sections, original illustrations, and photographs. Sub-series also includes Shuswap alphabet sheet.

Research

Consists of research materials on the Shuswap language and culture, mostly work done by Aert Kuipers, a Dutch linguist who documented a number of British Columbian languages in the mid-twentieth century.

Project records phase 2

Consists of correspondence, grant proposals and applications, and other records relating to Phase 2 of the Shuswap project. Phase 2 includes all the records pertaining to the project after it expanded to include the communities of Soda Creek, Dog Creek, Canim Lake and Sugar Cane.

Project records phase 1

Consists of correspondence, grant applications, and records of Phase 1 of the Shuswap project. Phase 1 covered the original contract to work with the community at Alkali Lake.

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.

Musqueam photographs

Consists of photographs taken for the Musqueam Language: Book 1 and Hunq’um’i’num for Kids: Books 1 & 2, photographs taken as part of the class that Jensen taught at Musqueam in 1978 and historical photographs.

Publications

Includes copies of Powell’s publications Musqueam Language: Book 1 and Hunq’um’i’num for Kids: Books 1 & 2. Also includes publications used by Powell for research purposes: The Helk’eminem Skwayel Calendar; A Vocabulary of Native Words in the Halkomelem Language by Oliver Wells; Cuystwi Malh Ucwalmicwts: Beginners and Intermediate (Teach yourself Lilooet).

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