Image depicts several people involved in a performance. A female plays the drum. A male, clad in a bathing suit and regalia, dances on his knee. Another man wearing a headdress, stands at the back of the photo. Spectators are also visible in this outdoor scene.
Image of two old house posts on Hope Island, BC. The post on the right appears to be the same as a post now housed at the Museum of Anthropology, that was collected from Hope Island in 1956. Both posts feature a human figure with large eyes. On one post, the figure is holding a small face near its waist. On the other post, the figure is holding what appears to be an animal of some kind. The Museum of Anthropology's website provides the following description of the posts: "The posts of the unfinished house of Ha'm'cit were carved by a man from Smith Inlet called Si.wit who moved to Xu'mtaspi and married Tom Omhyid's mother. Ha'm'cit died before the house was finished. (Information provided to Prof. Wilson Duff by Mungo Martin). The artist's potlatch name was P'aczsmaxw. Wayne Suttles places the Xu'mtaspi village as Nahwitti, in historic times, however it was occupied jointly by the Nahwitti, the Yalhinuxw, and the Noqemqilisala (of Hanson Lagoon)."
Fonds consists of 45 glass-plate lantern slides featuring scenes from Osterhout's work with B.C. First Nations, including Haida, Tsimshian and Kwakwaka'wakw. Images document First Nations individuals, communities, totem poles and landscapes of British Columbia.
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.
Image of four women sitting in a kitchen.One of them is knitting, one of them is speaking on a telephone. In close up the hands and arms of a fifth person are visible. Handwritten annotation on back "(L) Daisy Smith, Axuw, Flora Sewid, Emma Beans, Jun. 1987" Item was originally numbered by creator with number 115.
Image of four people sitting by a long table. There is a birthday cake on the table and a poster in the back that reads "Happy Birthday Granny Axu." Handwritten annotation on back "(L) Arthur, Alvin, Axuw, Elizabeth (Libby)" Item was originally numbered by creator with number 119.
Image of Agnes Alfed leading a procession. People on the background. Handwritten annotation on back "Axu leading potlatch procession. No date" and number 10-1. Item was originally numbered by creator with number 123.