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Translations

Subseries includes handwritten translations of the audio and video interviews.
Translations were done by Daisy Sewid-Smith and sent to Martine J. Reid for editing.

Daisy May Sewid-Smith

Agnes Alfred and Daisy Sewid-Smith at Jimmy Sewid's house

Conversation between Agnes Alfred and her granddaughter Daisy Sewid-Smith., recorded by Martine Reid at Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Sewid's house, Campbell River on February 18, 1975.
Side 1: Agnes Alfred ad Daisy discuss the 1921 "illegal" potlatch at Village Island followed by the arrest of many participants, including herself and her husband.
Side 2: Regular and larger canoes, Agnes' may names and the origins of the names, where she was born, her houses, menstruation, pregnancy, having children, reincarnation, aristocracy, etc.

Martine J. Reid

Audiotape Backup of Videotape

Item is a recorded interview to Agnes Alfred telling stories on February 10, 1985. Tapes were recorded by Martine Reid, at Chief Jimmy Sewid's house and in the presence of Mrs. Jimmy Sewid and Daisy Sewid-Smith.
Item includes 3 tapes:

  • An original video recording of the interview in a Beta Video Cassette tape
  • A copy video recording of the interview in VHS a Video Cassette tape
  • An original audio recording of the interview in an Audio Cassette tape (considered as a backup by creator)
    Interview was not transcribed

Martine J. Reid

Chief Jim King

Chief Jim King. Recorded by Martine de Widerspach-Thor (Reid) at Mrs. Agnes Cranmer's house, at Alert Bay.
Side 1: Word list, copper, mask, colour, etc.
Side 2: Bacbakwalanuxsiwae

Martine J. Reid

Kitty (Cathy) Ferry: Fish Taxonomy

Kitty (Cathy) Ferry talks about fish taxonomy with Martine de Widerspach-Thor (Reid) in English and Kwakwala. Recorded at Mrs. Kitty Ferry's house in Vancouver. Item was labelled as tape number III.

Martine J. Reid

Mrs. Agnes Cranmer: Beliefs and Myths Pertaining to the Aquatic World

Item includes two audio cassette tapes with recordings of Mrs. Agnes Cranmer.
Tape a: Mrs. Agnes Cranmer: Beliefs and Myths pertaining to the aquatic world.

  • Side 1: 1- Max'enox. 2- Wawalis, 3- Xuyim
  • Side 2: 4- Migwat

Tape b: Mrs. Agnes Cranmer: Beliefs and Myths pertaining to the aquatic world.

  • Side 1: 1- Max'enox. 2- Wawalis, 3- Xuyim
  • Side 2: 4- Migwat

Recorded by Martine de Widerspach-Thor (Reid) at the house of Mrs. Agnes Cranmer in Alert Bay.

Martine J. Reid

How to Write in Kwakwala

Item is an audio cassette tape with no date and the annotation "How to write Kwakiutl" and "Copie" on both sides.
Item was numbered by creator with roman number I.

Daisy May Sewid-Smith

Capmbell River, Agnes Alfred and Dorothy Hawkins

Item is a recording of Agnes Alfred and Dorothy Hawkins. Item was recorded by Daisy Sewid-Smith at Campbell River, prior to Martine Reid involvement. Item was translated by Daisy Sewid-Smith in 1979.
Item includes four cassette tapes with Agnes Alfred and Dorothy Hawkins talking about love songs; the Hamatsa mask song; permission to use the chant of the Nimpkish, of the Kwakiutl; and their life story.
Item was numbered by creator with roman number II.

Agnes Alfred

Campbell River: Daisy Smith and Agnes Alfred

Item is a recording of Daisy Sewid-Smith and Sgnes Alfred. Item was recorded by Daisy Sewid-Smith at Campbell River, prior to Martine Reid involvement. Item was translated by Daisy Sewid-Smith in 1979.
Item includes four cassette tapes with Agnes Alfred and Dorothy Hawkins talking about love songs; the Hamatsa mask song; permission to use the chant of the Nimpkish, of the Kwakiutl; and their life story.
Item was numbered by creator with roman number II.

Daisy May Sewid-Smith

Paddling to Where I Stand collection

  • 138
  • Collection
  • 1979 - 2003

Collection illustrates the gathering of information and writing of the book “Paddling to Where I Stand.” Collection includes interviews to Agnes Alfred conducted by Martine J. Reid and Daisy Sewid-Smith between 1979 and 1985. Interviews are documented as audio and video recordings and their written transcriptions. Collection includes other materials gathered by Martine J. Reid and Daisy Sewid-Smith for the edition and publication of the book. Collection also contains the manuscripts and draft for the book; correspondence between Martine J. Reid, Daisy Sewid-Smith and other people; eulogies and funeral pamphlets; Agnes Alfred’s family information; historical notes; and miscellanea. Collection includes photographic materials with photographs included in the book and additional photographs gathered by Martine J. Reid and Daisy Sewid-Smith during their research. Collection includes portraits of Agnes Alfred’s parents.

Martine J. Reid

G?aw

Item is an image of a coastal village, taken from the sea. According to annotations, photograph is of G?aw (also known as Old Massett) in the Haida Gwaii archipielago taken from the Ship Islander.

G?aw

Item is an image of several buildings and totem posts. According to annotations, photograph was taken in G?aw (also known as Old Massett) in the Haida Gwaii archipielago.

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