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Totem pole

A man and a woman are posed with a totem pole inside a tent. They are perhaps painting or restoring the pole. A man at the far right of copy print appears to look at their work. Paint cans are visible on the floor. This photo appears to have been taken at the same time as item a033231.

Totem pole

  • 30-30-01-30-01-01-a039009
  • Item
  • [1862-1937, predominant 1930-1937]
  • Part of John Mennie fonds

Pole in foreground. Building and boardwalk in background

Totem pole

  • 30-30-01-30-01-01-a039016
  • Item
  • [1862-1937, predominant 1930-1937]
  • Part of John Mennie fonds

Pole mid-ground centre. Lower figure has arms outstretched.

Totem Poles, Alert Bay, B. C.

Image depicts two totem poles on the grounds of St. Michael's Indian Residential School in Alert Bay, B. C. The poles include Thunderbirds, Grizzly Bears, and Coopers at the base of each pole. Photo attributed to E. J. Cooke.

Totem Pole in clearing

View of a Kwakiutl totem pole on Alert Bay, Cormorant Island, British Columbia. Pole stands in Nimpkish Band Cemetery and was carved by Willie Seaweed with Joe Seaweed. It is a memorial to Billie Moon and was carved in 1931. It depicts a Thunderbird grasping the head of Dzoonokwa, a giantess. See also images a033236, a033242, and a033247, which also depict this pole.

Totem Pole close up

Closeup of very tall totem pole also depicted in item a033272. This pole resembles one reputed to be the world's tallest totem pole. Built in the late 1960s, it was raised in 1973. It is attributed to carver Jimmy Dick and stands 173 feet tall. In 2007 the top of this pole was blown off in high winds.

Totem Pole Alert Bay, B. C.

View of totem pole from Alert Bay, B. C. depicting two figures: a man with a bird sitting on his head. Pole appears to be standing in an open area with trees in the background. Lower right corner contains the initials E. T. See also images a033242, a033247, and a033260, which depicts this same image.

Thunderbird and Dzunukwa totem pole

Image of the Thunderbird (top) and Dzunukwa(bottom) totem pole in Alert Bay. Pole was carved in 1931 at Blunden Harbour by Willie Seaweed, assisted by Joe Seaweed. Totem pole was a memorial for Billie Moon.

William Carr

Three runners at starting line

  • 30-30-01-30-01-03-a039055
  • Item
  • [1862-1937, predominant 1930-1937]
  • Part of John Mennie fonds

Blurred. Three runners at starting line. Observers, some seated and others standing, and buildings on proper right

Three runners

  • 30-30-01-30-01-03-a039049
  • Item
  • [1862-1937, predominant 1930-1937]
  • Part of John Mennie fonds

3 runners in centre of image, goalpost visible in the background

Three runners

  • 30-30-01-30-01-03-a039054
  • Item
  • [1862-1937, predominant 1930-1937]
  • Part of John Mennie fonds

Three runners, one in lead, one in mid-ground and one behind. Observers and building on proper right. Overexposure on lower portion

Thomas and Mildred Laurie collection

  • 81
  • Collection
  • 1940 - 2003 [predominantly 1940 - 1972]

The collection includes material relating to Alert Bay that was created or collected by Thomas and Mildred Laurie, as well as photographs and textual records created or received by James Barclay Williams, who bequeathed the records to Mildred Laurie. The collection includes a photo album, photographs, postcards, correspondence, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and a calendar. Photographs document Alert Bay and the surrounding area, including the B.C. Packers store, Christ Church, the native cemetery, St. Michael’s Residential School and Preventorium, Canada Packers, Hardy Bay, totem poles, a long house, and the Nimpkish Hotel. Photographs also document local events, including potlatches, weddings, an outdoor salmon barbeque, BC centenary celebrations in 1958, native ceremonies, and a visit by the Governor General.

The material is arranged in the following files:

01 - James Barclay Williams – Correspondence and press clippings, 1968-1972
02 - James Barclay Williams – Photographs, [1908?]-1967
03 - Mildred Laurie - Photo album photographs, [194-]-1974
04 - Mildred Laurie – Photographs and postcards, [194-]-[199-]
05 - Slides and negatives, 1952-1972
06 - Pamphlets, ephemera, and press clippings, 1947-2003
07 - James Barclay Williams – Photo album, 1940-1941

Tall totem pole, Alert Bay, BC

Photograph of a totem pole in Alert Bay, BC. This pole has been called the world's tallest totem pole, though this is a disputed fact since it is actually comprised of two pieces. The pole is not specific to a particular family, but represents multiple tribes of the Kwakwaka'wakw. The pole was completed in the late 1960's and raised in 1973. It is located near the Big House.

Mildred Laurie

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