The fonds consists of photographs documenting the welcome ceremony that occurred in February 1987 for the canoe project by Nisga’a carver Norman Tait. The Museum of Anthropology appears in the background of multiple pictures in which spectators can be seen gathered for the 1st cut ceremony of the canoe log. Norman The event included speeches as well as ceremonies and performances by Norman Tait and his close relatives. Joe David, Reva Robinson, and Bill Reid are among the other notable individuals that appear in these images.
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.
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.
Item is an audio recording of a lecture by Nuu-chah-nulth artist Joe David about traditional Nuu-chah-nulth songs. He also sings several songs in Nuu-chah-nulth to drum accompaniment. The recording was made as part of MOA’s Public Lectures series titled Thursdays at the Museum.