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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.

Agnes Alfred and Daisy Sewid-Smith at Jimmy Sewid's house

Conversation between Agnes Alfred and her granddaughter Daisy Sewid-Smith., recorded by Martine Reid at Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Sewid's house, Campbell River on February 18, 1975.
Side 1: Agnes Alfred ad Daisy discuss the 1921 "illegal" potlatch at Village Island followed by the arrest of many participants, including herself and her husband.
Side 2: Regular and larger canoes, Agnes' may names and the origins of the names, where she was born, her houses, menstruation, pregnancy, having children, reincarnation, aristocracy, etc.

Martine J. Reid

Axu Leading Potlatch Procession

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.

Martine J. Reid

From all over the place [Jack Peters with coppers]

Image of a Jack Peters seated at a table with copper remnants. Peters is described in Carter's book "From History's Locker," as being the "only year-round resident" of Dead Point reserve ("Tga-tsuamuquame").The pieces of copper are "from one of the last great potlatches."

Anthony Carter

From all over the place [Jack Peters with coppers]

Image of a Jack Peters seated at a table with copper remnants. Peters is described in Carter's book "From History's Locker," as being the "only year-round resident" of Dead Point reserve ("Tga-tsuamuquame").The pieces of copper are "from one of the last great potlatches."

Anthony Carter

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