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X̄a’islak̓ala/X̌àh̓isl̩ak̓ala (Haisla language) collection

  • 135
  • Collection
  • 1974 - 1980

Collection consists of Haisla cultural documentation and X̄a’islak̓ala/X̌àh̓isl̩ak̓ala (Haisla language) learning material, including sound recordings, stories, a dictionary, and lessons/workbooks. The collection has been divided into two series:

  1. Sound recordings
  2. Textual materials

George Szanto fonds

  • 138
  • Fonds
  • May 1962

Fonds consists of eight slides of totem poles being raised in the Haida Village at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The slides are dated May, 1962. The photographs were taken by George Szanto, the son-in-law of Geoffrey Andrew who was the Dean and Deputy President of UBC from 1947 to 1962.

The totem poles represented in the images were carved by Haida artist Bill Reid and 'Namgis artist Doug Cranmer. They were originally situated at UBC's Totem Park. They are now located on the grounds behind the Museum of Anthropology, and modelled on a 19th century Haida village.

George Szanto

Paddling to Where I Stand collection

  • 138
  • Collection
  • 1979 - 2003

Collection illustrates the gathering of information and writing of the book “Paddling to Where I Stand.” Collection includes interviews to Agnes Alfred conducted by Martine J. Reid and Daisy Sewid-Smith between 1979 and 1985. Interviews are documented as audio and video recordings and their written transcriptions. Collection includes other materials gathered by Martine J. Reid and Daisy Sewid-Smith for the edition and publication of the book. Collection also contains the manuscripts and draft for the book; correspondence between Martine J. Reid, Daisy Sewid-Smith and other people; eulogies and funeral pamphlets; Agnes Alfred’s family information; historical notes; and miscellanea. Collection includes photographic materials with photographs included in the book and additional photographs gathered by Martine J. Reid and Daisy Sewid-Smith during their research. Collection includes portraits of Agnes Alfred’s parents.

Martine J. Reid

Kitty (Cathy) Ferry: Fish Taxonomy

Kitty (Cathy) Ferry talks about fish taxonomy with Martine de Widerspach-Thor (Reid) in English and Kwakwala. Recorded at Mrs. Kitty Ferry's house in Vancouver. Item was labelled as tape number III.

Martine J. Reid

Mrs. Agnes Cranmer: Beliefs and Myths Pertaining to the Aquatic World

Item includes two audio cassette tapes with recordings of Mrs. Agnes Cranmer.
Tape a: Mrs. Agnes Cranmer: Beliefs and Myths pertaining to the aquatic world.

  • Side 1: 1- Max'enox. 2- Wawalis, 3- Xuyim
  • Side 2: 4- Migwat

Tape b: Mrs. Agnes Cranmer: Beliefs and Myths pertaining to the aquatic world.

  • Side 1: 1- Max'enox. 2- Wawalis, 3- Xuyim
  • Side 2: 4- Migwat

Recorded by Martine de Widerspach-Thor (Reid) at the house of Mrs. Agnes Cranmer in Alert Bay.

Martine J. Reid

Photos of Elders

File consists of slides labeled "Andy," "Mr and Mrs Williams, Friendly Cove, Nootka," "Anthony Island Queen Charlotte Island 1967," "Minn Sketching at Yan QCI, Haida," "Kitwancool 1969," "Kasper," "Mary Ann 1967 Squamish," and "Kingcome."

Ketchikan and Kitwancool Totems and Views

File consists of slides depicting totems and views labeled as in Kispiox, Kitwancool, Ketchikan, Haida, Kitseguckla, Skedans, and Kingcome. File also consists of slides documenting two of Minn Sjolseth's paintings entitled "En av de Siste" (sp?) and "Peace."

Minn Sjoselth Paintings 73-75 Kwakiutl (Kwakwaka'wakw)

File consists of slides depicting Minn Sjolseth's paintings and labeled "Longhouse Posts Totem, Village Island, BC, 1974," "Kitwanga Village, 1967," "'Intermission' Kwakiutl, 1974," "Kwakiutl Totems, Alert Bay 1971,", "Last Totem of Skidegate QCI," "Native Cariboo Child, 1973," "Final Rest 1973," "Kwakiutl Totem 1973," "Dominic Charlie, Weather Prophet, Squamish Tribe, 1972," "Wilderness Watch, 1973," and "Basket Weaver." Many of these paintings depict individuals also photographed by Anthony Carter for his book publications.

Kyuquot: Village by the Sea collection

  • 148
  • Collection
  • 1975 or 1976

In 1976, a group of students from the Kyuquot Elementary, a First Nations elementary school on the West coast of Vancouver Island, decided to make a filmstrip that documented their lives in the fishing village. The children’s intention behind making these photographs was to raise money for a summer field trip to Victoria, Vancouver, and the Okanagan. As part of the fundraiser, the children made a visual map depicting their daily travel to school by boat and a hand-written order form for the film. Collection consists of documents created by the Kyuquot Elementary School and Mr. Moore, a former Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the 1970s. The collection consists of one correspondence letter written by Mr. Moore requesting a copy of their filmstrip, four pages of typewritten filmstrip descriptions, one handwritten map and flyer created by the Kyuquot Elementary School and one 70 frame color filmstrip that was digitized in 2017. [At the time of processing, it was unknown if the fundraiser was successful.]

Kyuquot Elementary Secondary School

Nautical chart of Walters Island

An image showing a sea map of Walters Island, a small blue circle at the top center indicates the approximate location of the Kyuquot village. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "Kyuquot as shown on chart (A chart is a sea-map used by fishermen and boaters.) Compare the chart and the map."

Kyuquot from the air

An image of an aerial view of the Kyuquot village. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "Kyuquot from the air. You can see Walter's Island and out into the Pacific Ocean. The next Island to the right is Aktis Island, the ancestral home of the Kyuquot Band. In the early 1800's the Kyuquot Band was the largest on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. However one night in 1855 the Clayoquots, enemies to the Kyoquots, surprised the Kyuquot Village on Atkis Isl., cut off the heads of the Kyuquot warriers, took the women as slaves, and set fire to the village. Most of the village was destroyed during this, the last tribal war fought on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. A few years ago most of the Kyuquot Band left Atkis Island and moved into Walter's Cove."

Kyuquot Sound

An image showing the Kyuquot Sound from the beach shore with houses and mountains in the background. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "Looking out toward Kyuquot Sound."

Kyuquot Village

An image showing various houses near the water with people in the distance, the house on the right is built on wooden beams. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "The white building on pilings is the store and Post Office. Can you see the last dugout canoe made in Kyuquot?"

The sea plane, "Beaver"

An image showing people standing on a dock next a to a sea plane with a boat nearby. Another plane in taking off in the background. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "Waiting for the afternoon scheduled flight of a "Beaver" float plane. Float planes come in twice a day (weather permitting) and bring passengers, freight, and mail."

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