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Songs by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Louis of Kitimat Part 2

Item is the second of three sound recordings made by Dr. Ida Halpern that feature Mr. and Ms. Fred Louis of Kitimat, British Columbia singing Nuu-chah-nulth songs, along with drum accompaniment. Fred Louis introduces each song. There is some use of the Haisla language in the content descriptions written on the reel container. This recording was possibly made by Dr. Ida Halpern.

Nuu-chah-nulth songs

Item is a sound recording made by Dr. Ida Halpern of Nuu-chah-nulth songs with drum accompaniment. The performers, who are primarily women, provide information about each song to two or three interviewers (their voices are often unintelligible). MOA's records indicate that these songs are possibly from Port Alberni.

Examples from How to Write the Haida Language

Item is an audio recording of Mrs. Gertrude Kelly providing Skidegate Haida translations of words to an interviewer, Randy Bouchard as part of the How to Write the Haida Language project. According to the recording, Mrs. Gertrude Kelly was formerly of Skidegate and at the time of the recording was living in Vancouver. Randy Bouchard co-founded the BC Indian Language Project in 1968 (https://www.memorybc.ca/british-columbia-indian-language-project) and is the author of numerous books pertaining to First Nations subject matter.

Examples from How to Write the Bella Coola Language

Item is an audio recording of Mrs. Marget Siwallace providing Nuxalk translations of words to an interviewer, Randy Bouchard as part of the How to Write the Haida Language project. According to the recording, Mrs. Marget Siwallace, age 62, was formerly of Kimsquit and at the time of the recording was living in Bella Coola. She is featured in the book Bella Coola: Life in the Heart of the Coast Mountains by Hans Granander. Randy Bouchard co-founded the BC Indian Language Project in 1968 (https://www.memorybc.ca/british-columbia-indian-language-project) and is the author of numerous books on First Nations subject matter.

Interview with Haida Elder Percy Brown

Item is an audio recording of an interview with Percy Brown, a Haida Elder and well-known singer, about birds, animals, fish, whaling and trapping terminology on Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. He is interviewed by two unidentified women. In the first half of the recording, he is asked questions about local birds, for example, partridges, puffins and sea gull, in order to determine Haida names for the birds and to determine if the birds are native to Haida Gwaii. He is asked similar questions about various types of vegetation, for example, plant roots. He also provides information about historic uses of trading and trapping in Haida Gwaii. Percy Brown is featured in the 1979 LP Songs from Masset, referenced in the publication Northern Haida Songs by John Enrico and Wendy Bross Stuart which is available in the MOA Reading Room, call number 12.7c HAI ENR.

Haida history spoken by Chief William Matthews of Masset Part 1

Item is a sound recording of Chief William Matthews of Massett, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia discussing various topics including: the formation of Native Brotherhood of British Columbia, which was established in 1931 and is recognized as Canada’s oldest active Native organization, and a senior BC fishing organization; proceeding years of the organization’s existence including who had governance in the organization, descriptions of various delegates, which villages were represented in the organization and the growth of the organization in subsequent years; personal stories about his family; history and social structure of the village he grew up in and of Haida peoples more broadly.

Haida history spoken by Chief William Matthews of Masset Part 2

[rr_0024t1a] Item is a sound recording of Chief William Matthews of Masset, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia discussing Haida history. Topics include: the history of Haida villages, particularly the village of Masset; carver Robert Davidson who lived in Masset during his infancy; and traditional forms of fishing and agriculture.

[rr_0024t2a] Item is a sound recording of William Matthews discussing Haida history. Topics include: stories about fishing and hunting expeditions as a child; how he became involved in Council work in Masset; impact of the work done by Council on the village and improvements made; specific individuals involved in Council; differences in the approach between Council now and during his tenure; observations about life in Masset now and then.

Haida singing Reel No. 1

Item is an audio recording of Mrs. Susan Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jones and Mr. Henry Young singing Haida songs, with drum accompaniment. The recording took place in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia.

Recordings related to Robert Davidson

[rr_0004t1a] Item is a recording of the opening of the exhibition Cycles: The Graphic Art of Robert Davidson, presented by Dr. Michael Ames. Speakers include exhibition curator Marjorie Halpin, Hilary Stewart, Nuu-chah-nulth artist Joe David, Cline Davidson (father of Robert Davidson) and Robert Davidson. Item dated dated October 30, 1979.

[rr_0004t3a] Item is a recording of a CBC Radio review of Hilary Stewart's book Robert Davidson, Haida printmaker and Audrey Hawthorne’s book Kwakiutl Art. Item dated November 12, 1979.

[rr_0004t4a] Item is a recording of Marjorie Halpin in discussion with Robert Davidson in the UBC MOA Theatre Gallery. The event was the first in a four part MOA Public Series event titled Art As Language, which was held in conjunction with the exhibition and publication of Cycles: Graphic Art of Robert Davidson, curated by Marjorie Helpin. Item dated November 11, 1979.

[rr_0004t2a] Item is a recording of Marjorie Halpin in discussion with Robert Davidson in the UBC MOA Theatre Gallery. The event was the second in a four part MOA Public Series event titled Art As Language, which was held in conjunction with the exhibition and publication of Cycles: Graphic Art of Robert Davidson, curated by Marjorie Helpin. Item dated November 11, 1979.

Carving demonstration by Mungo Martin

Item is a sound recording of an unidentified narrator providing the voice-over for an unidentified documentary. The narrator describes the techniques used by Mungo Martin as he provides a carving demonstration and also the acquisition by UBC of totem poles for Totem Park. The narrator also discusses the tools used by Mungo Martin, his methodology and symbolism used in his carvings. Mungo Martin does not speak during the recording.

Songs by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Louis of Kitimat Part 3

Item is third of three sound recordings made by Dr. Ida Halpern that feature Mr. and Ms. Fred Louis of Kitimat, British Columbia singing what are possibly Nuu-chah-nulth songs, along with drum accompaniment. Mr. Louis introduces each song. He states in the recording that most songs are written by his cousin Simon Peter of Iqaluit.

Ribbon-cutting speeches made during the official opening of the Museum of Anthropology

Item is an audio recording of speeches made during MOA's official opening ceremonies, featuring the following speakers: Hon. J Hugh Faulkner, then Minister of State for Science and Technology of Canada; the Honorable Grace McCarthy, Deputy Premier of the Province of British Columbia; Thomas K. [?], the Chairman of the Board of Governors of UBC; Douglas T. Kenny, UBC President; the Right Honorable Jules Léger, the Governor General of Canada.

Tape for Mask Group, Anthropology 431

Item is a sound recording of material used in the UBC course, Anthropology 431. The recording features a speaker discussing Coast Saalish and Kwakwaka'wakw masks in terms of similarities and differences in form and meaning, particularly in reference to writing on the subject by Claude Levi-Strauss. The recording is related to the MOA exhibition Kwakiutl Masks: An Expression of Transformation, which took place from April 15 to December 31, 1979. The content of the recording is repeated three times.

Lecture by Dr. Madeline Bronsdon

Item is an audio recording of a lecture by Dr. Madeline Bronsdon Rowan (then Madeline Bronsdon). The recording is Lecture #1 in the University of British Columbia's Center for Continuing Education Lecture Series on Traditions of North West Coast Indian Culture.

Lecture by Dr. Wayne Suttles

Item is an audio recording of a lecture by the American anthropologist and linguist Dr. Wayne Suttles. The recording is Lecture #2 in the University of British Columbia's Center for Continuing Education Lecture Series on Traditions of North West Coast Indian Culture. Note that mp3 file is only 1 minute in length.

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