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Norman Tait Rites and ceremonies
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Squirrel Dance

Image features Norman performing his squirrel dance on top of the canoe log. A family member wearing a button blanket with his back to the camera is beating a skin drum.

Squirrel Dance

A Tait family member wearing a button blanket watches Norman perform his squirrel dance on top of canoe log.

Squirrel Dance

A Tait family member wearing a button blanket watches Norman crouched on top of canoe log performing his squirrel dance.

Squirrel Dance

Norman Tait performing his squirrel on top of the canoe log.

Squirrel Dance

Image is of Josiah and Mercy watching Norman perform his squirrel dance on top of the canoe log.

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.

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.

Squirrel Dance and Paddles

Norman as he performs his squirrel dance on top of the canoe log. A set of paddles can be seen set against the canoe log. At the right of the image, a Tait family member is holding a skin drum with his back to the camera.

Squirrel Dance

Image is of Tait family members, Mercy and Josiah wearing button blankets and watching Norman as he performs his squirrel dance on top of the canoe log.

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.

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.

Squirrel dance and drums

Image is of two Tait family members holding drums as they chant with their backs to the camera. Further away Norman appears blurred as he performs his squirrel dance on top of the canoe log.

Squirrel Dance

Image is of Norman performing his squirrel dance on top of the canoe log while two family members hold and beat skin drums. All three have their back to the camera.

Squirrel Dance

Image is of Norman performing his squirrel dance on top of the canoe log while Mercy stands watching him with her back to the camera on the left side of image. Another Tait member appears on the right side of image holding a drum.

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.

Joy Carlin fonds

  • 131
  • Fundo
  • February 1987

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.