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Axuw's Birthday

Image of nine people along a table. One of them, Agnes Alfred, is blowing the candles from her birthday cake. There is a part of a poster in the back that reads "Granny Axu."
Handwritten annotation on back "(L) Alvin, Axuw, Libby, Lina, Phillip"
Item was originally numbered by creator with number 120.

Martine J. Reid

BC Pavillion in Seville

Subseries contains photographs and textual records pertaining to the "Northwest Coast Indian Art Work" exhibit which was displayed at the BC Pavilion at the World's Fair in Seville Spain in 1992. The photo depict some of the artists involved in the project painting on a wooden screen. The textual records include copies of correspondence addressed to and written by McLennan about the artwork showcased at the World Fair. Other textual records include background information about the art work and brief biographies of the artists involved in the project.

Background info

File contains copies of webpages pertaining to the Lil'wat First Nations and the Skwxwú7mesh First Nations. These webpages contain information about one or both of the Nations, including the following: a brief overview of the history and culture of the Lil'wat and/or Skwxwú7mesh ; movements and protests; news stories involving the Lil'wat and/or the Skwxwú7mesh ; and/or maps of traditional territory of the Skwxwú7mesh First Nations.

Balancing on a log

An image of a child standing on a log in water, surrounded by rocks. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "Gina Sutherland balances on a log at outside beach."

Basil and Edythe Hartley fonds

  • 27
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1941-1944, 1983

Fonds consists of audio, video, and visual materials created by Basil and Edythe Hartley. Materials include video footage of the Haisla people, which Hartley shot while working in Kitimaat from 1941-1944, a voiceover for the footage which Hartley’s widow, Edythe McClure, created in ca. 1983, a letter, and three photographs of Kitimaat people and landscapes. The three audio cassettes all contain the same 1983 recording.

Basil Hartley

Basket Maker

An image of a woman holding a basket and a bundle of dried grass. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "In the Fall Mrs. Oscar gathers and dries grass from Rugged Point to use in making her grass and cedar baskets."

Beach Combing

An image of people wading in the water on a beach. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "Beach Combing near the Western entrance."

Bead and Silk Work

Item is a close up image of bead and silk works. According to annotations, works were made by the indigenous community in York Factory (probably from the Cree First Nation or Metis)

Bear, wolf and frog totem pole, Anthony Island

Image of a totem pole on Anthony Island, Haida Gwaii. This appears to be a pole now housed at the Museum of Anthropology (museum item #A50018). This museum item is described as follows: "Base section of a wooden pole, crescent-shaped in cross section and carved in shallow and deep relief. From the top down: a large seated bear with a small wolf between and in its ears and a downward facing frog emerging from the bear’s mouth. In between its arms and legs is a downward facing wolf... Stood outside at the center of the Mountain House, which belonged to the lineage of 'Those Born in the Southern Part of the Islands' of the Eagle Moiety of the Kunghit Haida. Stood near the centre of the village facing the beach along a small bay on the east side of Anthony Island. Island and village also called Skunggwai, or Red Cod Island."

Bear, wolf, and frog totem pole, Anthony Island

Image of a totem pole on Anthony Island, Haida Gwaii. This appears to be a pole now housed at the Museum of Anthropology (museum item #A50018). This museum item is described as follows: "Base section of a wooden pole, crescent-shaped in cross section and carved in shallow and deep relief. From the top down: a large seated bear with a small wolf between and in its ears and a downward facing frog emerging from the bear’s mouth. In between its arms and legs is a downward facing wolf... Stood outside at the center of the Mountain House, which belonged to the lineage of 'Those Born in the Southern Part of the Islands' of the Eagle Moiety of the Kunghit Haida. Stood near the centre of the village facing the beach along a small bay on the east side of Anthony Island. Island and village also called Skunggwai, or Red Cod Island."

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. ."

Bella Coola Treaty

Image of five people stading by a table with records on it. One of them is holding a microphone. More people on the background.
Handwritten annotation on back "Bella Coola Treaty. Paul Willie, Al Speck, Alvin Alfred, George Speck, Alec Smith"
Item was originally numbered by creator with number 112.

Martine J. Reid

Bella Coola Treaty

Image of six people standing around a table with records on it. One of them is holding a microphone. More people on the background.
Handwritten annotation on back "Bella Coola Treaty. Ernest Willie, Peter Smith, Al Speck, Alvin Alfred, George Speck, Alec Smith"
Item was originally numbered by creator with number 109.

Martine J. Reid

Bella Coola Treaty

Image of six people standing around a table with records on it. One of them is holding a microphone. More people on the background.
Handwritten annotation on back "Bella Coola Treaty 1987"
Item was originally numbered by creator with number 110.

Martine J. Reid

Bella Coola Treaty with Qwigwasutinuxca

Image is a close up photograph of four people standing around a table. One of them is holding a microphone. More people on the background.
Handwritten annotation on back "Bella Coola Treaty with Qwiqwasutinuxca. (L) Bella Coola: Laurance Maru, Puglas Hall. James Sewid, Al Speck, Alvin Alfred, George Speck"
Item was originally numbered by creator with number 111.

Martine J. Reid

Ben Williams Leeson collection

  • 93
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1908], [ca. 1972]

The fonds consists of 66 photographic prints, some of which are hand-coloured, stamped “B.W. Leeson Quatsino, B.C.”, labelled on the front or back with explanatory information, or signed in ink. One print of a longhouse is stamped “The Leeson Collection Copyright 1914.” The photographic subject matter relates to British Columbia’s Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations and the British Columbia landscape. Also included is a copy of Portraits of the Indians of Quatsino by Benjamin W. Leeson (Kit #20) by Susan Roper, produced by the Research Project on Early B.C. Photography at the Vancouver Public Library around 1972, and 23 duplicate slides which accompany it.

Ben Williams Leeson

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