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Alert Bay Material Culture
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Killer Whale Arch

View of the Killer Whale Arch located at the entrance to the Nimpkish Band Indian Cemetery. This arch is a memorial to a boy lost at sea. Located at Alert Bay, British Columbia, See also item a033244 of this same carved arch.

Killer Whale Arch at the entrance to Kwatiutl Indian Cemetery

View of the Killer Whale Arch located at the entrance to the Kwatiul Indian Cemetery. This arch is a memorial to a boy lost at sea. Located at Alert Bay, British Columbia, this photo is attributed to Eric J. Cooke, Camp "N," Beaver Cove, B. C. Several crosses and memorial totem poles are visible behind this archway. See also item a033261 which includes this same carving.

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.

Painted sheet at Alert Bay event (?)

Photograph of a painted sheet and small portion of a painted board that are displayed in a field in Alert Bay, BC. Based on the content of related images in this file, this photograph was likely taken at an outdoor event and/or salmon barbecue.

Painted sheet at Alert Bay event (?)

Photograph of a painted sheet and small portion of a painted board that are displayed in a field in Alert Bay, BC. Based on the content of related images in this file, this photograph was likely taken at an outdoor event and/or salmon barbecue.

Two men in ceremonial dress, Alert Bay

Portrait of two men in ceremonial dress, one of whom is holding a carved and painted stick. The men are standing in front of a painted board and sheet, in a filed in Alert Bay, BC. Based on the content of related images in this file, this photograph was likely taken at an outdoor event and/or salmon barbecue.