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Douglas & McIntyre fonds

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  • 1954 - 1985

The fonds consists of 83 images associated with two books published by Douglas & McIntyre: Bill Reid by Doris Shadbolt and The Raven Steals the Light by Bill Reid. The photographers responsible for these images are R. Dereth, R. Keziere, R. Lum and B. McLemore.

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Construction of the Haida house at the Haida Village at Totem Park at the University of British Columbia (UBC

Item is a colour image of the construction of the Haida house at the Haida Village at Totem Park at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The Memorial Pole appears on the left; disassembled Wasgo appears in the centre; the House frontal post appears in the centre; the Double Mortuary Pole appears on the right. A woman and young child appear in the left foreground

Celebration of the Raven film soundtrack, opening reception speeches

Item is an audio recording of introductory speeches given during the opening reception of Celebration of the Raven. The recording is Reel #7 of the soundtrack for the film Celebration of the Raven, directed by Ken Kuramoto, which documented the work process and installation of Bill Reid’s carving titled The Raven and the First Men and its unveiling by the Prince of Wales in 1980. The recording begins with an unidentified speaker who acknowledges the two groups who co-hosted the event: the Haida of the Queen Charlotte Islands including the Chiefs, Chief Elders and the People as well as the Friends of the Museum of Anthropology, Corporate Friends and the Raven Committee. The recording is then interrupted. The following portion of the recording features a woman speaking, likely in Haida. The recording is interrupted several more times during various speeches so it is difficult to identify speakers. Lastly, Haida artist Bill Reid provides a tribute to the passing of Haida storyteller Solomon Wilson and then thanks various individuals involved in the creation of the sculpture including Walter Koerner and artists George Norris, Garry Edenshaw, Charles Edenshaw and others. The recording concludes with singing and drumming.

Celebration of the Raven film soundtrack, ambient noise

Item is an audio recording of ambient noise which was recorded for the soundtrack for the film Celebration of the Raven, directed by Ken Kuramoto, which documented the work process and installation of Bill Reid’s carving titled The Raven and the First Men and its unveiling by the Prince of Wales in 1980. This is Reel #4 of the soundtrack.

Celebration of the Raven film soundtrack, Haida singing Part 2

Item is the second of two audio recording of performers singing Haida songs at the opening reception of Celebration of the Raven. The recording is Reel #6 of the soundtrack for the film Celebration of the Raven, directed by Ken Kuramoto, which documented the work process and installation of Bill Reid’s carving titled The Raven and the First Men and its unveiling by the Prince of Wales in 1980.

Celebration of the Raven film soundtrack, Haida singing Part 1

Item is the second of two audio recording of performers singing Haida songs at the opening reception of Celebration of the Raven. The recording is Reel #5 of the soundtrack for the film Celebration of the Raven, directed by Ken Kuramoto, which documented the work process and installation of Bill Reid’s carving titled The Raven and the First Men and its unveiling by the Prince of Wales in 1980.

Bill swinging an adze

Image features a profile view of Bill Reid using a traditional, well-sharpened tool, called adze to cut away the outer the sap wood of a log. The adze appears blurred as he is about to strike the log.

Bill Reid’s 7waasru (Wasgo )

Image of carving by Bill Reid, 7waasru (Wasgo). The carving was commissioned by the University of British Columbia for display in Totem Park, originally. The sculpture was moved to the Museum of Anthropology in 1978.

Anthony Carter

Bill Reid's speech

Image is of Bill Reid standing in front of the canoe log and delivering his address at the welcome ceremony.

Bill Reid's speech

Image is of Bill Reid holding a piece of paper during his address at the welcome ceremony.

Bill Reid's Bear sculture

Image of an Bill Reid's bear sculpture, taken at the University of British Columbia. This sculpture is part of MOA's object collection.

Dr. Walter Koerner commissioned Reid to make this sculpture for his personal collection. It was originally commissioned for his backyard garden, but Koerner decided it looked too large for the space so he donated it to UBC. It was installed on the UBC campus in 1963, in the woods near International House. A bronze plaque made for that location reads: Haida Bear by Bill Reid Presented to UBC by Walter C. Koerner 1963. At some point, after the new Museum building was built, the bear was transferred to MOA and moved indoors.

Anthony Carter

Bill Reid watching the construction of the Haida house

Item is a colour image of Bill Reid observing the construction of the Haida house at the Haida Village at Totem Park at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The Memorial Pole appears on the left; the Double Mortuary Pole appears on the right

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