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Kwak’wala photographs

Consists of photographs taken of people and events in Alert Bay and surrounding Kwak’wala speaking communities. Photographs document the activities of the era such as potlatches, fishing, trapping, and activities surrounding the opening of the U’Mista Cultural Centre, and many were taken for the purpose of using them in educational language books.

Research

Consists of research materials referenced in the creation of the Gitksan language and curriculum books. Includes works such as the Classified word list for B.C. Indian Languages by Larry Thompson and the Gitksan Dictionary by Hindle and Rigsby.

Tsimshian-Gitksan materials

Consists of Tsimshian language education materials produced by Margaret Seguin and Susan Marsden. The materials were used by Powell for research purposes during his work on the Gitksan books.

Audio recordings

Consists of audio recordings created for various purposes. Many are recordings community members reading the language education materials created in both the Western and Eastern dialects. These recordings were intended to be used in conjunction with the books. Other recordings consist of interviews with community informants. Powell used the recorded interviews in preparation for the creation of language education materials. Finally, some of the recordings include community stories and songs that were considered and sometimes used in the language materials.

Eastern Gitksan photographs

Consists of photographs in the form of negatives, prints and slides from Jensen’s visit to the Gitksan villages in 1975, and from Jensen and Powell’s work and life in the Eastern villages between 1977 – 1982. The images include photographs that were used to illustrate the language books being produced, and other photographs that documented the culture and way of living in these communities.

Western Gitksan photographs

Consists of photographs, in the form of negatives, prints and slides, taken during the period that Jensen and Powell lived and worked in the Western Gitksan villages. The images include photographs that were used to illustrate the language books being produced, and other photographs that documented the culture and way of living in these communities.

Doreen Jensen

Consists of audio cassettes and transcripts of the photo identification session involving Sue Rowley (curator of public archaeology at the Museum of Anthropology), Vickie Jensen, and Doreen Jensen (Gitksan artist and curator). The session took place over two days, March 12, 2002 and April 9, 2002 with the goal of identifying the events and people in the photographs of Mary Johnson’s bitxw (divorce potlatch).

Gitksan artist photographs

Consists of photographs in print and slide format documenting Gitksan artists, both amateur and professional, that Jensen and Powell worked with or knew personally during their time living with the Gitksan.

Field notes

Consists of a number of notebooks of mostly handwritten notes by Powell on the Nuu-chah-nulth language, providing the basis for the printed vocabulary, curriculum, and dictionary developed in this period.

Dictionary/publications

Consists of Nuu-chah-nulth and Nitinat alphabet sheets; Our World-Our Ways: T’aat’aaqsapa Cultural Dictionary; The Nuu-chah-nulth Dictionary: Roots, Affixes & English Finder List (November 30, 1995); Nuu-chah-nulth Dictionary: Roots and Affix Files (May 1, 1995).

Research materials

Consists of research materials on Nuu-chah-nulth, mainly from Sapir and Swadesh. Also includes research on teaching materials produced by Suzanne Rose and Ed Tatoosh.

Morphological lexicon

Consists of notes and other records relating to the development of a morphological lexicon for Nuu-chah-nulth. Morphology is the linguistic practice of identification, analysis and description of the structure of words. A morpheme is the smallest meaningful unit in the grammar of a language. The morphological lexicon developed for Nuu-chah-nulth by Powell is an inventory of the whole of the language’s morphemes, or meaningful sounds in its vocabulary.

Audio recordings

Consists of audio recordings of community members reading the Nuu-chah-nulth language education books. The recordings consist of more than one copy of most of the books, as they are read in various dialects

Field notes and research

Consists of notes and research relating to the creation of the books Musqueam Language: Book 1 and Hunq’um’i’num for Kids: Books 1 & 2, as well as research done for the Shalalath Lilooet language and culture program.

Publications

Includes copies of Powell’s publications Musqueam Language: Book 1 and Hunq’um’i’num for Kids: Books 1 & 2. Also includes publications used by Powell for research purposes: The Helk’eminem Skwayel Calendar; A Vocabulary of Native Words in the Halkomelem Language by Oliver Wells; Cuystwi Malh Ucwalmicwts: Beginners and Intermediate (Teach yourself Lilooet).

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