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Three totem poles

Image depicts three totem poles, standing in an open area. Reads note under this photo indicates that the pole on the left may by a Snag-of-the-Sand-Bar pole from the House of Chief Skogum Laxhe. The pole on the right may be Chief Laxhes Hat-of-Tsagyem-hanak Pole. See also item a034837 for a closeup of the Snag-of-the-Sand-Bar pole.

Carving of Grizzly Bear of the Water

Image depicts a carving of a creature that resembles a bear--with fins. The carving sits on a wooden structure, possibly a carver's bench. Several buildings can be seen behind the carving platform.

Read Notes

Read's note cards detail information about three groups of totem poles and contain text and page references to Marius Barbeau's book, Totem Poles of the Gitksan, Upper Skeena River, British Columbia (published by the Canada Department of Mines and the National Museum of Canada, 1929).

Minn Sjolseth fonds

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  • Fundo
  • 1966-1999

The fonds reflects Minn Sjolseth's artistic career and travels to First Nations communities throughout British Columbia and Alaska with her husband Anthony Carter. Contents of the fonds depict First Nations cultures in British Columbia between 1960 and 1980, including Haida, Coast Salish, Kwakwaka'wakw, Gitsegukla, Kispiox, and Nisga'a. Several of the contents depict notable figures, including Chief Dan George and August Jacks.

The fonds includes textual records including correspondence, ephemera, newspaper clippings; graphic materials such as photographs, slides, negatives, and transparencies that depict Sjolseth’s travels and artworks; and artworks produced by Sjolseth including paintings, drawings, and prints.

The fonds is organized into the following series:

  1. Personal records
  2. Artwork an Exhibition records
  3. Artworks

Minn Sjolseth

Tim Paul

File contains text for object label, biographical information on Tim Paul, photocopies of newspaper clippings, and correspondence regarding Paul's event in Sweden.

New visions: Susan Point by Karen Duffek

File contains images related to the house posts Susan Point was commisioned to create for the Museum of Anthropology. These posts were created to look similar but not exact replicas of the ones in the New York Museum of Natural History. In addition this file contains the records related to the publication "New Visions: Serigraphs by Susan A. Point" written by Karen Duffek. This publication is part of the MOA Museum Note series.

Tsimshian

File contains images of Tsimshian artifacts housed in museums in British Columbia and in what is now known as the Canadian Museum of History. The file also contains images of Tsimshian villages along the Nass River, and historical photos of Tsimshian peoples.

Kwakwaka'wakw

File contains a combination of images of Kwakwaka'wakw artifacts housed in various museums and images of historical Kwakwaka'wakw villages on Vancouver Island and along the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. Artifacts include totem poles, bentwood boxes, carvings, masks, and Kwakwaka'wakw artwork such as paintings and drawings. There are historical photographs of the following villages: Gwat'sinuxw (Quatsino), Kwikwasutinuxw (Gilford Island), A'wa'etlala Village (Knight's Inlet), Mamalikala (Village Island), Wiwekalu Village of T'la'mataxw (Campbell River), Kwixa Village (Salmon River), Dunaxda'xw Village (New Vancouver), and Gwa'sala Village (Smith Inlet). The textual records include information about some of the photographs, identifying items such as the people, the villages, and/or the artifacts depicted in the photographs.

Ktunaxa/Kinbasket/Okanagan

File contains historical images of the Ktunaxa peoples and some of their villages around the modern day Kootenay area. The textual records include two photocopies of images of the Ktunaxa peoples.

Nuu-chah-nulth

File contains historical images of Nuu-chah-nulth villages and peoples. There is a focus on totem poles and canoes. There are also photographs of a pole raising ceremony to commemorate the visit of Governor General Willingdon who came to Tofino/Ucluelet in the 1920s. There are images of James Rush, Chief Miste Laabats Hamtsiid, and Chief Joseph John, dressed in Nuu-chah-nulth regalia.

Project research

File contains the research materials for the project where McLennan acted as an adviser for the project. In addition, are images of Ruby Peter showing the process of mat making.

Cape Mudge 1970 1979

File consists of slides depicting various potlatches, totem poles, as well as portraits of various people. Slides also depict some of Minn Sjolseth's paintings. Some slides are labeled with the following: "Face from a Potlatch, Kwakiutl, 1971," "Kitsequechla, 1970," "Potlatch, Kwakiutl, 1971," "Last Watch...," and "Potlatch 75."

House of Wiiseks/Wiigyet of Gitsegukla Totem Pole

Image of a totem pole in Gitsegukla owned by Gary Hill Sr. of the house of Wiiseks/Wiigyet. The pole was cut down and as of March 2019 there are plans to make another one.

Additional images of this pole are printed on page 122 of Carter's book Abundant Rivers.

Anthony Carter

Able Derek, Old Aiyansh, Nass River, Nisga'a

Portrait of Able Derek, Nisga'a. A similar portrait of him is printed on page 136 of Carter's book Abundant Rivers, with the caption: Abel Derek at Gitlakdamix, now called Old Aiyanch 'I am just a common man.'"

Anthony Carter

[Bessie Haizinqua, Nisga'a]

Image of Bessie Haizinqua in the old village of Aiyanch. A colour version of this image is printed on page 138 of Carter's book Abundant Rivers, with the caption: "Bessie Haizinqua - a proud young Nishga woman. Walking along the pathway through the old village of Aiyanch. She carried a bowl of bear meat; the scene was primitive and beautiful."

Anthony Carter

[Theresa Gabriel, Lillooet, Mount Currie Reserve]

Portrait of Theresa Gabriel, Stl'al'lmx of Pemberton Valley. A similar image is printed on page 39 of Carter's book Abundant Rivers, with the caption: "Theresa Gabriel 86 years old. An old timer in the valley, she has watched history unfold around her."

Anthony Carter

Mt. Currie [reserve], Matilda Jim

Portrait of Matilda Jim, resident of the Stl'al'lmx Mount Currie Reserve. She is seen here weaving a basket. A portrait of her is printed on page 43 of Carter's book Abundant Rivers, with the caption: Matilda Jim, 106 years old. One of the village's most active basket makers. She spends her days weaving to meet a constant demand for her wares."

Anthony Carter

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