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William McLennan (MOA Curator) fonds Cultural groups
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General Salish

This file contains images of Coast Salish and Kwakwaka'waku artifacts. Many of the photos are official photographs taken by various museums in Canada and the United States, but others are historical photos. These artifacts include masks, rattles, carvings, fishing equipment and fish processing, canoes, and North Coast architecture, such as long houses and house posts.

Tsilhqot'in/Secwepemc/Stl'al'lmx/Nlaka'pamux

The majority of the file contains historical images of the Tsilhqot'in, Secwepemc, Stl'al'lmx, and the Nlaka'pamux peoples. The photographs depict village life, including images of building structures in the BC interior, fish processing techniques such as fish drying, and carvings such as mortuary poles. Some of the images also depict First Nations people, some in regalia. The other images are official photographs taken by various museums in Canadian and American museums of Tsilhqot'in, Secwepemc, Stl'al'lmx, or Nlaka'pamux artifacts. The textual records contained in this file consist of a photocopy of a magazine article titled "Upstairs, downstairs: the early years," written by Heather Pringle, and published in the June 1996 (Volume 111, number 5) edition of the magazine <i>Saturday Night</i>

Heiltsuk/Nuxalk/Oweekeno

File mainly contains historical images of the Heiltsuk, Nuxalk, and Wuikinuxv First Nations. These images depict village life, architecture and house posts, and regalia. The file contains images of a group of Nuxalk who traveled to Berlin to perform there. Images that are not historical depict a ceremony happening in the Great Hall at UBC MOA, unidentified artists working on a set of drawings, and what appears to be the Acwsalcta High School in Bella Coola. Non textual records include photocopies of photographs, and photocopies of museum catalogue cards.

Haida

File mainly contains historical images of Haida and Tlingit villages and totem poles located on the Northwest Coast of British Columbia and Alaska. There are also images of Haida and Tlingit peoples dressed in regalia. Other photos include images of Haida and Tlingit artifacts, such as bentwood boxes and carvings, housed in various museums around the world. There are also images of a modern day ceremony in front of some totem poles and long houses. The textual records include photocopies of images of totem poles and Haida and Tlingit villages.

Nisga'a

File mainly contains historical images of the Nisga'a villages, peoples, and of Nisga'a totem poles. Other images are of modern day Nisga'a totem poles housed in museums in Canada and the United States. The textual records contained in this file are catalogue cards which provide some of the photograph's context, providing information such as the location of the photograph, the people in the photographs, which museum and/or archive collection the image belongs to, and/or the image's catalogue number.

Painted screens

The textual records contained in this file include photocopies of paint samples and other research related to painted screens. The images in the file include historical photographs of Tsimshian longhouses, and Northwest Coast screens.

Canadian Museum of Civilization

File contains images of bentwood boxes housed at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now the Canadian Museum of History). The textual records contained in this file are copies of catalogue records.

Out of the Silence

Image of 2 of the 4 weavings that comprise Out of the Silence on display at the Vancouver International Airport. The weavings were made by Musqueam artists Krista Point, Robyn Sparrow, Debra Sparrow, Gina Grant and Helen Callbreath.

Background info

File contains copies of webpages pertaining to the Lil'wat First Nations and the Skwxwú7mesh First Nations. These webpages contain information about one or both of the Nations, including the following: a brief overview of the history and culture of the Lil'wat and/or Skwxwú7mesh ; movements and protests; news stories involving the Lil'wat and/or the Skwxwú7mesh ; and/or maps of traditional territory of the Skwxwú7mesh First Nations.

BC Pavillion in Seville

Subseries contains photographs and textual records pertaining to the "Northwest Coast Indian Art Work" exhibit which was displayed at the BC Pavilion at the World's Fair in Seville Spain in 1992. The photo depict some of the artists involved in the project painting on a wooden screen. The textual records include copies of correspondence addressed to and written by McLennan about the artwork showcased at the World Fair. Other textual records include background information about the art work and brief biographies of the artists involved in the project.

Susan Point

File contains images of Susan Point and others working on two totem poles and the giant spindle whorl displayed at YVR airport. In addition are textual records relating to the design of these artworks.

Lyle Wilson

File contains images of Lyle Wilson's work as well was Wilson's notes regarding a canoe at the American Museum of Natural History and ephemera from an exhibit at the West Vancouver Museum titled <i>North Star: The Art of Lyle Wilson</i>.

Tlingit/Tahltan/North

The majority of this file contains historical images of the Tlingit and Tahltan First Nations and their respective villages. The other images are of Tlingit or Tahltan artifacts housed in various museums in Canada and the United States. The historic images are of Tlingit or Tahltan villages which include images of Northwest Coast architecture, houses posts and totem poles, canoes, and other household items such as bowls, weavings, and bentwood boxes. There are also some images of the Tlingit people in regalia. The textual records contained in this file is a paper titled "The History of the Babine Carriers," written by Wilfred Adam for the class Education 479, Cross Cultural Education.

Village People

File contains images of various First Nations Cultural groups from the Pacific Northwest. The images include negatives and slides of Northwest Coast villages, totem poles, longhouses, and First Nations peoples dressed in regalia.

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