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R. Davidson [Jr.] pole raising, Masset Q.C.I.

Image taken at a pole raising ceremony in Masset. The pole was carved by Robert Davidson, Jr. This image shows the pole while it is still lying on the ground. A crowd is gathered around it, and a few children are sitting on or leaning against the pole.

Anthony Carter

House post, Sgang Gwaay, Haida Gwaii

Image of a pole from House 17 at Sgang Gwaay (Skunggwai). This is an interior pole from the Raven House. It was removed on a BC Totem Pole Preservation Committee trip in 1957. The pole is now part of the Museum of Anthropology's object collection (A50016).

House post, Sgang Gwaay, Haida Gwaii

Image of a pole from House 17 at Sgang Gwaay (Skunggwai). This is an interior pole from the Raven House. It was removed on a BC Totem Pole Preservation Committee trip in 1957. The pole is now part of the Museum of Anthropology's object collection (A50016).

[Unidentified man, pole raising, Haida Gwaii]

Image taken at a pole raising ceremony in Masset. The pole was carved by Robert Davidson, Jr. This image is a portrait of a man wearing what appears to be a ceremonial headdress. The man is not identified, but it is likely Chief Weah (Willie Mathews).

Anthony Carter

[Pole riaisng, Haida Gwaii]

Image from a pole raising in Haida Gwaii. The pole was carved by Robert Davidson. In this image, the pole is in the process of being raised.

Anthony Carter

Chief Skedan

Image depicts exterior view of small house built within the frame of the House Chiefs Peep at from a Distance with two Watchmen figures with potlatch hats sitting atop the corner posts of the original house and frontal pole. On the left is a mortuary pole raised for Skedans, head chief of Skedans village with Skedan's crests: a moon with a Thunderbird face at top, mountain goat, and grizzly bear at the base. House is located in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii, B. C. Image appears to be reproduction of a039355.

Masset Village

Image depicts canoes, house, house posts, and totem poles on a shoreline in Masset, Haida Gwaii, B. C. Handwritten inscription on the verso reads "This is a Indian Village in Masset B. C. at the turn of the century. As you can see there are a lot of wooden shacks, totem poles and canoes. it is a very wild and remote area [redacted]. grandfather Crosby used to travel to these remoat [sic] villages by canoe." Image appears to be reproduction of a039351.

Chief's House at Masset

Image depicts exterior view of Chief Wiah's Monster House and frontal house post in Masset, Haida Gwaii, B. C. In front of the house are ten seated figures. Image appears to be reproduction of a039353.

Massett Village

Image depicts canoes, house, house posts, and totem poles on a shoreline in Masset, Haida Gwaii, B. C. Printed around the border of the image is the photographer information "PHOTOGRAPHED BY R. MAYNARD, VICTORIA, . . . B. C." Handwritten inscription on the border reads "Massett [sic] Village Q. Ch. Is." Printed on the verso is the photographer information with the inscription "R. Maynard, Photographic Artist, AND DEALER IN ALL KINDS OF PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIALS, COR. OF DOUGLAS AND JOHNSON STS., VICTORIA, B. C. -- Views of British Columbia and Vancouver Island for Sale." A handwritten inscription reads "Indian Totems Queen Charlotte's Island".

Chief's House at Massett

Image depicts exterior view of Chief Wiah's Monster House and frontal house post with ceremonial entrance in Masset, Haida Gwaii, B. C. In front of the house are ten seated figures. Printed around the border of the image is the photographer information "PHOTOGRAPHED BY R. MAYNARD, VICTORIA, . . . B. C." Handwritten inscription on the border reads "Chief's House at Massett [sic]". Printed on the verso is the photographer information with the inscription "R. Maynard, Photographic Artist, AND DEALER IN ALL KINDS OF PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIALS, COR. OF DOUGLAS AND JOHNSON STS., VICTORIA, B. C. -- Views of British Columbia and Vancouver Island for Sale." A handwritten inscription reads "Chief's House at Massett [sic]".

Chief Skedan’s Mortuary Pole and House Chiefs Peep at from a Distance

Image depicts exterior view of small house built within the frame of the House Chiefs Peep at from a Distance with two Watchmen figures with potlatch hats sitting atop the corner posts of the original house and frontal pole. On the left is a mortuary pole raised for Skedans, head chief of Skedans village with Skedan's crests: a moon with a Thunderbird face at top, mountain goat, and grizzly bear at the base. Printed around the border of the image is the photographer information "PHOTOGRAPHED BY R. MAYNARD, VICTORIA, . . . B. C." Handwritten inscription on the border reads "Skidegate Indian house & poles Skidegate Q. Ch. Is." Printed on the verso is the photographer information with the inscription "R. Maynard, Photographic Artist, AND DEALER IN ALL KINDS OF PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIALS, COR. OF DOUGLAS AND JOHNSON STS., VICTORIA, B. C. -- Views of British Columbia and Vancouver Island for Sale."

Totem poles at Massett

Image depicts external view of a building, mortuary poles, and house posts in Masset, B. C. A bear sits atop the mortuary or memorial pole in the foreground. This may have been a mortuary figure with a receptacle in the side to receive a box of ashes or a child

Charles Edenshaw in prov. museum

Image is portrait of Charles Edenshaw leaning on frontal house post in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii, B. C. Inscribed on the image is "Indian Totem Poles at Skidegate Q. C. I." Handwritten inscription below the image reads "R. Maynard, Artist". Handwritten inscription on the verso reads "Charles Edenshaw in prov. museum." Printed on the verso Is the photographer information in the inscription "R. MAYNARD, PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTIST and Dealer in All Kinds of Photographic Materials. Stereoscopic and Large Views of British Columbia and Vancouver Island for Sale. Cor. Douglas & Johnson Streets, Victoria, B. C."

Charles Edenshaw in prov. museum

Image depicts a totem pole in Masset, Haida Gwaii, B. C. Inscribed on the image is "totem Poles, Massett [sic] Q. C. I." Handwritten inscription below the image reads "R. Maynard, Artist". Handwritten inscription on the verso reads "Charles Edenshaw in prov. museum." Printed on the verso Is the photographer information in the inscription "R. MAYNARD, PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTIST and Dealer in All Kinds of Photographic Materials. Stereoscopic and Large Views of British Columbia and Vancouver Island for Sale. Cor. Douglas & Johnson Streets, Victoria, B. C."

Beaver pole, Anthony Island

Image of a section of a totem pole, featuring a beaver, on Anthony Island, Haida Gwaii. This appears to be a pole now housed at the Museum of Anthropology (museum item #A50013). This museum item has the following description: "Base section of a wooden totem pole, crescent shaped in cross section and carved in shallow and deep relief. Depicted is a seated beaver with one potlatch ring between erect ears; protruding upper incisors; raised forepaws and hind paws grasping chewing sticks. Below its rectangular shaped crosshatched tail is a human face with large circular eyes. Traces of blue in eye sockets and around nostrils... Beaver was one of crests owned by the lineage of Chief Ninstints (Tom Price), 'Those Born Up the Inlet', of the Eagle moiety... Remainder of pole, except top figure, burned when the village was burned in 1892 by the Koskimo and the crew of a sealing schooner. ."

Beaver pole, Anthony Island

Image of a section of a totem pole, featuring a beaver, on Anthony Island, Haida Gwaii. This appears to be a pole now housed at the Museum of Anthropology (museum item #A50013). This museum item has the following description: "Base section of a wooden totem pole, crescent shaped in cross section and carved in shallow and deep relief. Depicted is a seated beaver with one potlatch ring between erect ears; protruding upper incisors; raised forepaws and hind paws grasping chewing sticks. Below its rectangular shaped crosshatched tail is a human face with large circular eyes. Traces of blue in eye sockets and around nostrils... Beaver was one of crests owned by the lineage of Chief Ninstints (Tom Price), 'Those Born Up the Inlet', of the Eagle moiety... Remainder of pole, except top figure, burned when the village was burned in 1892 by the Koskimo and the crew of a sealing schooner. ."

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