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Man driving a motorcar decorated for a parade

Image of a car in an unidentified parade. This image may have been taken during the same parade in which a photograph of Chief Dan Watts holding a placard saying “we are the real native sons of Canada” was taken. This image can be found at the Alberni Valley Museum, PN01873.

A costumed crowd and motorcars preparing for a parade

Image of cars and individuals that appear to be part of a parade. The image may have been taken during the same parade in which a photograph of Chief Dan Watts holding a placard saying “we are the real native sons of Canada” was taken. This image can be found at the Alberni Valley Museum, PN01873.

Nuu-chah-nulth headdresses

Photograph of two Nuu-chah-nulth headdresses. These headdresses were brought by Annie Tlehwituu-a as thuch-haamis from the Yuuthluu-ilthat-h to Kwitchiiniom at the time of their marriage. One of the headdresses was purchased by John Hauberg of Seattle, a major benefactor of the Seattle Museum of Art.

Saatlsaach or Samiilth ceremony

A crowd gathered on a beach watches what appears to be a Saatlsaach or Samiilth ceremony as indicated by the K’aanaatla, the man in the foreground in a stooped posture with a sheet running from his heads down the length of his backs. The K’aanaatla mimics a wolf. He holds short sticks in each hand which represent the animals’ lower limbs and protects his hands from the barnacles and seashells on the beach. A yashmakats (canoe) visible in the central part of the image has had the tip of its bow kwama sawn off to facilitate its use on sealing schooners in the Bering Sea.

Saatlsaach or Samiilth ceremony

Image shows what may be a Saatlsaach or Samiilth ceremony, as indicated by the K’aanaatla, the two men in the foreground in a stooped posture with sheets running from their heads down the length of their backs. The K’aanaatla are mimicking wolves. They hold short sticks in each hand which represent the animals’ lower limbs and protect their hands from the barnacles and seashells on the beach.

The man with the black hat and black paint on his cheeks is likely the head K’aanaatla. He carries two pieces of wood to naskshitl (create a rapid, steady beat) or in case one of the K’aanaatla drops theirs. Picking up an object dropped by a K’aanaatla during a ceremony would be tantamount to admitting the K’aanaatla had made a mistake and was therefore refrained from.

In the background, lines of large boulders on the beach indicate canoe runs. On the viewer’s right-hand side of the image, a pole laid perpendicular to the canoe run is likely a cedar sapling used to protect canoes against the gravel beach and to facilitate sliding canoes out of the water.

Saatlsaach or Samiilth ceremony

A crowd observes what appears to be a Saatlsaach or Samiilth ceremony as indicated by the K’aanaatla, the two men in the central part of the image in a stooped posture with sheets running from their heads down the length of their backs. The K’aanaatla are mimicking wolves. They hold short sticks in each hand which represent the animals’ lower limbs and protect their hands from the barnacles and seashells on the beach.Behind them, an individual next to the tarp may have ts’iilthaen “eagle down” on his head.

Joe David and daughter

At the center of image, Joe David's daughter can be seen tucked under her father's button blanket in such a way that her eyes are entirely covered by the cloak. Norman Tait stands on the left side of image.

Bill Reid and Norman Tait

Image is of Bill Reid standing in front of the canoe log with Norman Tait at the very left of image.

Canoe Paddles

The tilted image features various canoe paddles set against the canoe log.

Mercy, Norman, and Joe David

Image is of Norman in conversation with Mercy, who is holding an umbrella. Standing beside them is Joe David with his back to the camera and looking down at his daughter.

Tait and David families

The image is of Norman Tait and two of his sons on the left side of image and Joe David with his daughter tucked under his button blanket to the right side. The little girl clutching a small item is the only one facing the camera while the others are all looking away.

Joe David and daughter

Joe David and his daughter are in front of the canoe log. The little girl appears tucked under her father's button blanket.
Norman Tait stands at the left of image holding one of the canoe paddles.

Bill Reid's speech

Image is of Bill Reid standing in front of the canoe log and delivering his address at the welcome ceremony.

Bill Reid at the welcome ceremony

Image is of Rob't, Mercy, Norman, and Bill Reid during welcome ceremony. Bill Reid is speaking with folded notes in his hands. Mercy holds an umbrella while Norman holds a paddle.

Bill Reid's speech

Image is of Bill Reid holding a piece of paper during his address at the welcome ceremony.

Squirrel Dance

Image is of Tait family members wearing button blankets and beating skin drums while Norman performs his squirrel dance on top of the canoe log.

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