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Ronnie Tessler fonds
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Positioning crane to lift log

Image is of crane reaching position next to truck with canoe log. Part of museum exterior, totem pole and long house can be seen in background.

Positioning the truck

Image is of truck with canoe log nearing carving position in front of MOA longhouse. Norman, Isaac, Chip, Ron and unidentified person wait in front of truck.

Preparing to bring log up

Image is of the truck with canoe log entering MOA grounds. Driver, Chip and unidentified persons are walking alongside the truck.

Preparing to remove canoe log

Image is of unidentified person, Chip, and Ron preparing to remove canoe log from truck bed. Top of museum exterior can be seen in background.

Relating log size to other objects [on MOA grounds]

Image is of Norman walking with drivers towards truck with canoe log. Truck is positioned in front of longhouse. Various totem poles are visible. Photograph has been taken from a slight distance to relate size of log in comparison to other objects.

Removing fork lifts

Image is of machines backing away from successfully lowered canoe log. An unidentified person stands with his back to the camera, watching the process.

Ron, Isaac, Norman and Reva watch the lifting process

Image is of Ron Telek, Isaac Tait, Norman Tait and Reva Robinson watching the lifting process. A pile of logs can be seen in the background. The lot's ground is covered with dirt, excess wood and puddles of water. An unidentified person is walking away from the image frame.

Ronnie Tessler fonds

  • 12
  • Fonds
  • 1986 - 1987

The fonds consists of photographs created by Ronnie Tessler between 1986 and 1987 documenting a canoe project by Nisga’a carver Norman Tait. The project was abandoned in the summer of 1987, and the canoe was left uncompleted. The photographs depict models for the canoe, transportation of the log for the canoe to the Museum of Anthropology, ceremonies performed throughout the project, and various stages of work on the canoe and model. Additional photographs from this period depict a totem pole-raising ceremony at Capilano Mall in North Vancouver, as well as portraits of Les Baker, a model Tait wanted to use for a “white man” mask. The fonds is arranged into a single series: Norman Tait canoe project and related materials.

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Securing the log for transport

Image is of canoe log being lowered to truck bed. An unidentified person is instructing another unidentified person how to secure the log for transport.

Squirrel dance [and family chants]

Image is of Tait family members wearing button blankets and watching Norman as he performs his squirrel dance on top of the canoe log. Family members hold and beat skin drums as they chant.

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