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William McLennan (MOA Curator) fonds Building Structures English
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Northwest Coast architecture

File mainly contains information pertaining to the Northwest Coast Architecture project set up in Robson Square in 2002. The information includes copies of correspondence from McLennan to various stakeholders involved in the project, information about the longhouses and the families who lived in them, and photocopies of historical photographs. The photographs depict some historical photographs of longhouses as well as a model of the longhouse to be built for the project.

Digital media

File contains copies of images held at the Royal British Columbia Museum Archives and a pdf document titled "The Role of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police During the Indian Residential School System" produced by the RCMP.

CMC houses project

This subseries contains records relating to an exhibit built at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. McLennan was the project manager and design developer for this project. He oversaw the completion and installation of six west coast First Nation house designs: Coast Salish, Haida, Tsimshian, Bella Coola, Oweekeno, and Kwakwaka'wakw. The records include newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, and notes.

Bella Coola [houses]

File mainly contains photocopies of architectural drawings and plans of the Bella Coola house that was part of the CMC House project. Other records include a list of artists from Bella Coola who were potential candidates to work on the house, and research information.

Willie White

File contains images of the exhibit My Ancestors are Still Dancing. In addition are textual records relating to the exhibit such as budget and outlines.

Tsimshian

File contains images of Tsimshian artifacts housed in museums in British Columbia and in what is now known as the Canadian Museum of History. The file also contains images of Tsimshian villages along the Nass River, and historical photos of Tsimshian peoples.

Kwakwaka'wakw

File contains a combination of images of Kwakwaka'wakw artifacts housed in various museums and images of historical Kwakwaka'wakw villages on Vancouver Island and along the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. Artifacts include totem poles, bentwood boxes, carvings, masks, and Kwakwaka'wakw artwork such as paintings and drawings. There are historical photographs of the following villages: Gwat'sinuxw (Quatsino), Kwikwasutinuxw (Gilford Island), A'wa'etlala Village (Knight's Inlet), Mamalikala (Village Island), Wiwekalu Village of T'la'mataxw (Campbell River), Kwixa Village (Salmon River), Dunaxda'xw Village (New Vancouver), and Gwa'sala Village (Smith Inlet). The textual records include information about some of the photographs, identifying items such as the people, the villages, and/or the artifacts depicted in the photographs.

General Salish

This file contains images of Coast Salish and Kwakwaka'waku artifacts. Many of the photos are official photographs taken by various museums in Canada and the United States, but others are historical photos. These artifacts include masks, rattles, carvings, fishing equipment and fish processing, canoes, and North Coast architecture, such as long houses and house posts.

Tlingit/Tahltan/North

The majority of this file contains historical images of the Tlingit and Tahltan First Nations and their respective villages. The other images are of Tlingit or Tahltan artifacts housed in various museums in Canada and the United States. The historic images are of Tlingit or Tahltan villages which include images of Northwest Coast architecture, houses posts and totem poles, canoes, and other household items such as bowls, weavings, and bentwood boxes. There are also some images of the Tlingit people in regalia. The textual records contained in this file is a paper titled "The History of the Babine Carriers," written by Wilfred Adam for the class Education 479, Cross Cultural Education.

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