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House posts and beam, Quatsino, BC

Image of the houseposts and beam of what once was a longhouse in Quatsino, BC, on the north end of Vancouver Island. These posts appear to be the same as posts now houses at the Museum of Anthropology (museum item number A50009 a-c). The poles are described on the museum's webiste: "Two upright posts and crossbeam that were part of a large interior house frame (also see records d-f and g-h). The uprights depict sea lions carved in high relief and painted (parts a-b). Their heads are equal size to their bodies. Both part a and b have an eagle in profile within the sea lions front flippers. Part a has a top portion of a face painted on the back of its head that is part of a sisiutl that runs down the seal lions back and into its hind flipper with a serpent's head in each. The cross-beam (part c) is painted and carved as a supernatural double-headed sea lion. All parts are painted black and white with Northwest Coast stylized forms... The Klix'ken (sea lion) House was commissioned by Tza'kyius around 1906, and was the last old style house erected in Xwatis. The beams and figures stood as part of a house frame, and acted as structural supports. Figures represented on house frames were supernatural beings which the family living in the house had the right, through their history and origins, to represent."

Portrait of girl and boy

Image is a posed portrait of a seated older girl and younger boy standing on a footstool holding hands. The girl and boy are dressed formally. It appears to be an albumen print on a carte de visite. Photographer information printed on verso with the inscription "S. A. Spencer, FORT STREET, Victoria, B. C." A handwritten inscription reads "[illegible] Reid + boy"

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."

The school boat, "Betsy"

An image of children sitting on a docked boat, other children standing and walking on the dock. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "Everyone going home on the school boat/fish boat "Betsy." The boat brings the children to school at nine o'clock and takes them home at three o'clock."

The freight boat, "Patsco"

An image showing a boat docked nearby a small shed with fuel tanks and barrels standing around. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "Kyuquot's freight boat "Patsco" is shown moored to the fuel wharf. Every Thursday Patsco motors up the inlet thirty miles to the nearest road to meet the freight truck. Food for the store and heavy items come in on Patsco. Can you see the fuel drums and propane tanks on the wharf?"

Spring Salmon fishing

An image of a man standing on a boat, wearing a red helmet, and pulling on fishing lines attached to boat equipment. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states"Victor hopes to catch enough Salmon to feed his family for a few days. In the Summer he will sell his Salmon to a fish camp."

Spring Salmon fishing

An image of man holding a caught fish hanging on a fish hook. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "Victor has caught a "smilie", the word commercial fishermen use to describe a fish over twelve pounds."

Preparing salmon for drying

An image of woman cutting a salmon meat with a knife, a deer carcass hangs behind her. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "In the Fall women smoke and can thousands of dog salmon for the Winter. Here Sarah Harry is cutting the heads off the salmon. Do you see, hanging behind Sarah, the deer Ray Jr. shot?"

Preparing salmon for drying

A close-up image of a cooking pan filled with salmon fish heads. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states"Fish heads are boiled and eaten. (The eyes are a special treat!)"

Preparing salmon for drying

A close-up image of a person slicing a fish, a bucket filled with salmon roe eggs near by. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "Salmon eggs can be eaten fresh or left to ferment and turn black before being eaten. Chris Jules is removing the backbone and laying the salmon flat, ready for smoking."

Smoke house with salmon

A image from an inside smoke house with hanging pieces of fish on the racks. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "Inside the Jules' smoke house the salmon are held apart by small cedar sticks and suspended from ceiling. The Jules' children keep the alder fires smoking for three to five days."

Digging for clams

An image of four children holding buckets filled with clam shells and a large shovel on a beach. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "Val Hansen, Gina Sutherland, and Leo and Lavigne Jack show us the clams they have just dug. Several good clam beaches are within a five minute boat ride of Kyuquot. Clams are plentiful; at low tide you can rake a bucketful in a few minutes." An image of four children on a beach holding buckets filled with clams.

Enjoying Clam Chowder

An image of adults and children sitting and eating at a table. According to the documentation included in the collection, the description of the image states "Everyone in the family enjoys Gina's clam chowder."

Wedding Celebration

An image, taken inside of a gymnasium hall, shows four dancers wearing traditional First Nation clothing and walking across the room, a group of people sits on the floor. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "Doing the Wild Man dance in the Big Hall at a potlatch celebrating a wedding."

A bone game, "La-hal"

An image of two men sitting, one holding unidentifiable objects in his hands and another holding a drum. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states that a man "shows the other team which hand holds the unmarked bone."

Starfish

A close-up image of a person holding a number of sea stars. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "Janet has found some starfish."

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