The fonds consists of photographs created by Ronnie Tessler between 1986 and 1987 documenting a canoe project by Nisga’a carver Norman Tait. The project was abandoned in the summer of 1987, and the canoe was left uncompleted. The photographs depict models for the canoe, transportation of the log for the canoe to the Museum of Anthropology, ceremonies performed throughout the project, and various stages of work on the canoe and model. Additional photographs from this period depict a totem pole-raising ceremony at Capilano Mall in North Vancouver, as well as portraits of Les Baker, a model Tait wanted to use for a “white man” mask. The fonds is arranged into a single series: Norman Tait canoe project and related materials.
Two men sit in front of a tipi. The one on the left wears native clothing. The one on the right wears western style clothing and is writing in a book. The front flap of tipi is open and debris scattered in the grass in front. Structures and trees in background.
Three men stand posed for the camera. The man copy left is the same individual from the previous print wearing western-style clothing. The men standing in the centre and copy right wear native clothing. Additional individuals stand on either side of this group, not fully visible here.
This view depicts a woman standing next to a tipi-like tent structure in the mountains. A table stands in front of the tent. A clothesline can be seen on the left side of the copy print. Trees and mountains surround this open area.