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Chinook Jargon

Series is made up of records relating to the creation of a Chinook Jargon dictionary, a Big Book created for the Quileute on Chinook Jargon, and lessons for a Chinook Jargon class at Langara College. Powell documented the use of Chinook Jargon in LaPush during research on the Quileute language. His informants used Chinook Jargon regularly, and he began to research the history of its use on the Northwest Coast with the intention of writing a book about it. The manuscript for his book was accepted by the publishing company Douglas and McIntyre, but as Powell was not satisfied with his work, publication did not take place. However, he did produce a number of works that have been used for education purposes in LaPush as well as in British Columbia.

Series comprises six sub-series:
A. Research materials
B. Field notes and correspondence
C. Unpublished manuscript and lessons
D. Chinook Jargon dictionary files

Renovation records

Series reflects Cunningham’s involvement in facility planning at MOA. This includes the development of the Gallery 10 orientation centre, visible storage area, and Gallery 3 development, as well as renovations to Gallery 5, theatre, the Great Hall, and the gift shop. Records in this series include blueline print, budgets, invoices, measurements, memoranda, plans, reports, and tender drawings.

CFI Partnership of peoples project

Series contains records pertaining to the Canada Foundation for Innovation grant named Partnership of Peoples that was awarded to the Museum of Anthropology in 2007. This project is often simply referred to by museum staff as 'the renewal'. David Cunningham was the lead project designer. His records include the architectural drawings from Stantec and Laboratorio Museotecnico Goppion, research and planning on furniture, lighting, locks, and security. In addition are photographs taken of all stages of the project.

Photographs

Series contains photographs taken by Cunningham of the inside and outside of the building, exhibit cases, exhibit spaces, and other institutions.

Exhibitions

Series consists of records related to exhibitions in which Porto was involved. Material includes planning documents, correspondence, meeting minutes, research, and promotional material.

Nuno Porto

Museum of Man correspondence and minutes

Series consists of correspondence between Douglas T. Kenny as Chair of the President’s Planning and Coordinating Committee for the Museum of Man and Chairman of the User’s Committee, and members of these committees. Also contains correspondence between Kenny as Chair and the Design Team of the Museum of Man, the University Board of Governors, University President Walter Gage, and other committees concerned with the construction, planning, and design of the Museum of Man. Kenny generated other correspondence in his capacity as Chairman of the University Advisory Council and in his involvement on the Search Committee. The majority of correspondence is original; some are copies of outgoing correspondence.

Additional planning committees

Series consists of documentation from two additional committees that played a role in planning the Museum of Anthropology building. Material includes correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, and other planning documents.

The series is divided into two subseries, one for each committee (the Senate Building Needs Committee and the Users`Committee).

Requests for operating funds

Series consists of correspondence between Dean Douglas T. Kenny and other members of the Planning and Coordinating Committee, and other committees concerned with obtaining resources for continuing operation of the Museum of Man, and letters from federal and provincial government departments. Also included are budget estimates, maintenance estimates, copies of minutes from various committees, a pamphlet concerning the erosion of Point Grey Cliff, and a notice concerning the Point Grey Cliffs from the UBC Alumni Association. The majority of the correspondence is copies of outgoing correspondence.

Exhibit records

Series documents Cunningham’s responsibilities as exhibits designer, and consists of records related to the planning and implementation of various exhibits since the late 1980s. In addition to his role as designer, Cunningham has also been involved in producing exhibit proposals; assisting with travelling exhibits; and developing exhibition policies and guidelines. Records include artists’ statements and artwork; banners; calligraphy; case lists; contact prints/proofs; contracts; correspondence; exhibition catalogues; exhibition panels; exhibition proposals; exhibition text; guidelines; invitations; labels; loan agreements; measurements; memoranda; minutes; negatives; object lists; photographs; photocopy of artworks; plans; policies; reports; schedules; and sketches.

The records are divided into the following sub-series:

A Guidelines 1992-1994

B Long-term installations [ca. 1992]-2000

C Proposals 1988-1996

D Schedules 1991-1993

E We Sing to the Universe: Poems and Drawings by Ron Hamilton [1994]-1994

F Fragments: The E. Sonner Donation of African Sculpture 1990-1991

G A Coat of Many Colours: Two Centuries of Jewish Life in Canada 1990-1991

H Ancient Cloth / Ancient Code? 1990-1992

I Savage Graces: After Images by Gerald McMaster 1990-1993

J A Rare Flower: A Century of Cantonese Opera in Canada 1989-1997

K Inside Passage: 1792 1993

L Multiplicity: A New Cultural Strategy 1989-[ca. 1993]

M Cannery Days: A Chapter in the Lives of the Heilsuk 1993-1994

N High Slack: An Installation by Judith Williams 1992-1994

O Reclaiming History: Ledger Drawings by Assiniboine Artist Hongeeeysa 1993-1995

P Trapline Lifeline 1990-1992

Q Our Chiefs and Elders: Photographs by David Neel, Kwagiutl 1989-1990

R Festival Hong Kong: Possessions from the Past: Objects from a Lifetime of Change and Contrasts: Hong Kong’s New Territories in the 20th Century 1991-1992

S Nunavutmiutankik Elisasiniq: A Tribute to the People of Nunavut 1998-1999

T Travelling exhibits 1990-1991

U Gathering Strength: New Generations in Northwest Coast Art [199-?]-2004

V Continuing Traditions: Coast Salish Basketry 2000-2001

W Musqueam Weavers 1999-2000

X Haida Metalwork [1999?]-1999

Y Kaxlaya Gvilas [200-]-2002

Z Proud to be Musqueam 1991-1993

AA Repatriation 2000-2002

BB To Wash Away the Tears 2002-2003

CC Artifacts 1995-[ca. 1996]

DD The Abstract Edge: Recent Works by Robert Davidson 2001-2005

EE Mehodihi: Well-Known Traditions of Tahltan People [200-]-2003

FF Connoisseur’s Collection: Chinese Ceramics from the Victor Shaw Donation 2000-2002

GG Written in the Earth 1993-2002

HH Recalling the Past: Early Chinese Art from the
Victor Shaw Collection 1997-1998

II Maui: Turning Back the Sky: Exhibition of Contemporary
Hawaiian Art 1996-1997

JJ El Corazon Del Mundo: At the Heart of the World
La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia 2002

KK The Art of Norval Morrisseau 1999-2000

LL Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art 2014

MM Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish Artists 2013

NN The Smart One video

OO Luminescence: the Silver of Peru 2012

PP Inuit Prints and Drawings: Selections from the Permanent Collection 1988-1989

QQ Carl Beam 2011

RR Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens 2010-2011

SS Jack Shadbolt and the Coastal Indian Image 1986

TT Speaking to Memory 2013

UU One Mind, One Heart 2013

VV Hiroshima 2011-2012

WW Mungo Martin: A Slender Thread 2004

XX "Pasifika: Island Journeys” - The Frank Burnett Collection of Pacific Arts 2003-2004

YY Exhibit unknown

ZZ: Recent acquisitions 2005

Education records

Series consists of artists’ statements, cards, diagrams, lecture notes, pamphlets, reports, student assignments, and syllabi relating to David Dunnett Cunningham’s responsibility as an instructor of Anthropology 431: Museum Principles and Techniques, and 432: The Anthropology of Public Representation, and a community course, Introduction to the Museum of Anthropology.

Miscellaneous project records

Series documents projects Cunningham took on outside of his main roles at MOA. Cunningham was involved in MOA’s identity development in the late 1990s, and participated in shop product development around this time. He also provided external consultation to other museums and UBC departments. Included in this series is material regarding MOA exhibition cases at YVR Airport pre-dating Cunningham’s time at the museum. Records include correspondence, drawings, measurements, and photographs.

Minute book

Series consists of one bound minute book journal detailing Percy Broughton's day-to-day events, including his travels, ailments, visitors, sermons and observations.

Exhibits

Series consists of records relating to exhibits curated by Jennifer Kramer. The records span the entire breadth of the intellectual creation process, including research material pertaining to exhibition subjects, transcripts of interviews used for research and publication purposes, administrative files and notes and correspondence pertaining to exhibition design, installation and publication development. Fonds currently has records from only one exhibit; additional exhibits material expected.

The series is arranged into sub-series relating to a specific exhibition:
Sub-series 1-A: Kesu': The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer (1964-2012)

Northwest Coast First Nations artifacts research

This series consists of graphic and textual materials related to Sawyer’s research on Northwest Coast artifacts. Graphic materials in this series include slides, contact sheets, and drawings of artifacts. Textual records in this series consists of essays related to Sawyer’s research on Northwest Coast artifacts, museum catalogue lists, and iconic analysis cards complied and/or accumulated by Sawyer. Other textual records include correspondence Sawyer had with various museums regarding Northwest Coast artifacts in their collections.

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Alan R. Sawyer

Northwest Coast First Nations artifacts research

This series consists of graphic and textual materials related to Sawyer’s research on Northwest Coast artifacts. Graphic materials in this series include slides, photographs, and drawings of artifacts. Textual records in this series consists of research material and iconic analysis cards complied and/or accumulated by Sawyer, or by his students, regarding Northwest Coast artifacts. Other textual records include correspondence Sawyer had with various museums regarding Northwest Coast items in their collections.

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Alan R. Sawyer

Audio Reels

Items are recordings of material used in the soundtrack for the film Celebration of the Raven.

Kwak’wala

The series contains records created during a number of visits and projects completed with the Kwakwaka'wakw of Alert Bay.

After meeting David Grubb at the Salish Conferences in the early 1970s, Jensen was invited by Grubb to attend a potlatch on Gilford Island, just off Alert Bay.  It was the first potlatch that she attended, and Jensen photographed it in black and white without flash.

Around the same time, Gloria Cranmer Webster began involving her UBC colleague Powell in discussions on the development of a Kwak’wala orthography. The two worked on this project during their breaks at work, with the main end goal to create accurate labels for artefacts at the museum, then located in the basement of the library on campus.

In 1975, after she moved back to Alert Bay, Webster contacted Powell and asked him to assist her in the creation of a language and culture book for Kwak’wala speaking people. Powell travelled to Alert Bay, the first of many trips to do such work. Over the next few years, Powell and Jensen were invited to Alert Bay on a number of occasions to attend potlatches, pole raisings, and other community events. Jensen photographed the events, as well as other aspects of the community such as the day care and band school.

In 1980 Webster, on behalf of the U’Mista Cultural Centre, secured salaries for both Jensen and Powell for one full year. They were hired to produce language and culture books, but in reality helped with many other aspects leading to the opening of the Centre. They rented a house in the village and lived there full time for the year, immersing themselves in the community, and creating a body of records that integrates both work and community life. Jensen had permission to photograph extensively, and these are all included in this series. Powell did linguistic research and worked with teachers from both the band school and the provincial school that were located in the village. Jensen also photographed language and culture lessons to be used in the books being produced. During the year they lived in Alert Bay, they produced 12 language books and a teacher’s manual for U’mista.

In 1982 Powell and Jensen purchased a house in Alert Bay, further cementing their intentions to maintain connections to the community. They continued to attend and photograph events and potlatches between projects.

In 1983 the Kwak’wala Teacher Training Program (KTTP) was developed by Powell and Jensen. The program was a college credit course for local area teachers to train them to lead language and culture lessons in their classes. Jensen and Powell divided their teaching duties, involving another teacher named Joy Wild. The program was successful for two years.

Over the next 20 years many of their visits were social in nature, although they continued to keep a detailed record of the events they attended. In 2001 they completed a CD-ROM for the Learning Kwak’wala series. This project had been ongoing for some time.

The series also contains photographic records of two events that took place outside the realm of the language projects. The Canadian Museum of Civilisation hired Doug Cranmer to carve a new Wakas Pole to replace the decaying version in Stanley Park and contacted Jensen to document the event. The second set of photographs records a trip organised by U’Mista Cultural Centre for scholars and experts to visit Mimkwamlis (Village Island) and T’sadzis’nukwakme’ (New Vancouver).

The records kept in this series consist of recordings, photographs, research notes, draft teaching aids, and copies of completed resources for both children’s education and the KTTP.

The series consists of eleven sub-series:
A. U’Mista research/background
B. Research materials
C. Field notes
D. Publications
E. Kwak’wala teacher training program
F. Kwak’wala CD-ROM project
G. Kwak’wala photographs
H. Potlatch photographs.
I. Wakas pole raising in Stanley Park 1987 photographs
J. Trip to Village Island and New Vancouver photographs 2005.
K. Audio recordings

Gitksan

Series documents Jensen and Powell’s work with and visits to the Gitksan speaking villages in North Western British Columbia. Jensen and Powell worked with the Gitksan to produce language and culture material.

Jensen’s first visit to Gitksan territory was in 1975, before they began to work with the communities.  Jensen was asked to accompany Dr. Marjorie Halpen of the Museum of Anthropology, Amelia Sussman Schultz (a former student of anthropologist Franz Boas) and UBC grad student Carol Sheehan McLaren to Prince Rupert and various Gitksan villages.  The impetus for the journey was that Schultz was interested in recovering her old dissertation notes that she left with William Beynon, a hereditary Tsimshian chief  who served as ethnographer, translator, and linguistic consultant to anthropologists including Boas. Although she had never completed her dissertation, in her retirement she regretted leaving the information.  During this trip Jensen photographed the Gitksan villages through which they travelled, making special note of the burial houses and totems she encountered.

Two years later the Gitksan band approached Jensen and Powell to create language and culture materials. Powell secured the funding through the BC Ministry of Education and the federal government.

Powell and Jensen lived and worked with the Gitksan in the summers from 1977 to 1981. The first three years were spent focussing on what they have termed the Eastern dialect. In this period they lived and worked in Kispiox, staying in a teacherage the first year (a small apartment built for housing teachers), and moving in the second year to the back room of the house of one of their linguistic informants, Clara Harris. The third year they again lived with Clara Harris until halfway through the summer when they decided to expand the project to include the Western dialect: at this time they moved to Kitwancool (now known as Gitanyow) where they again lived in a teacherage. The final two summers they returned to Kispiox to live with Clara Harris.

Powell worked with a number of linguistic informants, including Clara Harris, Edith Gawa, and Mary Johnson for the Eastern dialect, and Solomon Marsden, with the help of Ivan Good, Maggie Good, Cindy Morgan, Edith and Abel Campbell, David Milton, Olive Mulwain, Fred Johnson and Jeffrey Morgan for the Western. The materials produced throughout the Gitksan project are divided into Eastern and Western Gitksan. The books produced for the Eastern dialect were called Gitksan for Kids. The books for the Western dialect were called Learning Gitksan. In addition to the educational material, other resources were developed including illustrated alphabet sheets, the Northwest Coast Word List (which was intended as the basis for a full dictionary, a goal that did not transpire), and the Gitksan Teacher’s Manual.

As was the case with all the communities they lived in, Powell and Jensen found that work and recreation in small Aboriginal communities blended together, and many of the activities they took part in were incorporated into the language materials produced. Jensen photographed the cultural activities they attended, and they made audio and photographic records of Elders reminiscing about what they referred to as the “old ways.” Both Jensen and Powell were adopted into Gitksan tribes during their time living in the region: Jensen to the Firweed Clan, and Powell to the Lax Gibuu, or Wolf Clan, both of Kispiox. This series comprises all the records created during their stays in Gitksan villages.

The series consists of nine sub-series:
A. Field notes and correspondence
B. Research
C. Published educational materials
D. Unpublished manuscripts
E. Tsimshian-Gitksan materials
F. Eastern and Western Gitksan recordings
G. Eastern Gitksan photographs
H. Western Gitksan photographs
I. Doreen Jensen
J. Gitksan artist photographs

Salishan

Series contains records relating to Jensen and Powell’s work with the Salishan language groups in Musqueam and Shalalth territories, and events related to those communities. Although the records were created in a number of villages at different periods of time, Jensen and Powell arranged them together due to the linguistic connection they share.

In 1975 Powell received an Urgent Ethnology grant from the National Museum of Man (Now the Canadian Museum of Civilization) to do linguistic work in Kitamaat. However, this work fell through, and Powell contacted Arnold Guerin of the Musqueam band to discuss using the grant to prepare materials for Guerin’s Hunqum’i’num classes. Together they planned to produce three books: one of phonetics, one on grammar, and one on maths, with Jensen’s assistance in the layout and photography. From reel-to-reel recordings Powell and Paul Thiele of the UBC Library for the Blind produced cassettes to accompany the books. Only the first book was completed as planned, but Powell adapted the notes they had already taken to create two books for younger children. All of this resulted in Musqueam Language: Book 1 and Hunq’um’i’num for Kids: Books 1 & 2. Three years later in 1978 Leona Sparrow hired Jensen on grant money to teach a black and white photography course.

In 1989 the principal of the Shalalth School asked Powell to work with the band on language books.  With Harold Oldman and Bev Frank he compiled materials for two books, which were not published.  He also completed an alphabet sheet for the community to use.

Series also includes photographs taken by Jensen in 2003 of a ceremony returning city land to the Musequeam near Vanier Park.

Series comprises four sub-series:
A. Field notes and research
B. Publications
C. Musqueam photographs
D. Salishan audio recordings
E. Squamish photographs

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