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Battle Bay Totem

File consists of slides depicting totem poles, likely located near Battle Bay, British Columbia.

Kyuquot: Village by the Sea collection

  • 148
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  • 1975 or 1976

In 1976, a group of students from the Kyuquot Elementary, a First Nations elementary school on the West coast of Vancouver Island, decided to make a filmstrip that documented their lives in the fishing village. The children’s intention behind making these photographs was to raise money for a summer field trip to Victoria, Vancouver, and the Okanagan. As part of the fundraiser, the children made a visual map depicting their daily travel to school by boat and a hand-written order form for the film. Collection consists of documents created by the Kyuquot Elementary School and Mr. Moore, a former Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the 1970s. The collection consists of one correspondence letter written by Mr. Moore requesting a copy of their filmstrip, four pages of typewritten filmstrip descriptions, one handwritten map and flyer created by the Kyuquot Elementary School and one 70 frame color filmstrip that was digitized in 2017. [At the time of processing, it was unknown if the fundraiser was successful.]

Kyuquot Elementary Secondary School

Nautical chart of Walters Island

An image showing a sea map of Walters Island, a small blue circle at the top center indicates the approximate location of the Kyuquot village. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "Kyuquot as shown on chart (A chart is a sea-map used by fishermen and boaters.) Compare the chart and the map."

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."

Kyuquot Sound

An image showing the Kyuquot Sound from the beach shore with houses and mountains in the background. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "Looking out toward Kyuquot Sound."

Kyuquot Village

An image showing various houses near the water with people in the distance, the house on the right is built on wooden beams. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "The white building on pilings is the store and Post Office. Can you see the last dugout canoe made in Kyuquot?"

The sea plane, "Beaver"

An image showing people standing on a dock next a to a sea plane with a boat nearby. Another plane in taking off in the background. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "Waiting for the afternoon scheduled flight of a "Beaver" float plane. Float planes come in twice a day (weather permitting) and bring passengers, freight, and mail."

Fishing boat

An image showing a fishing boat passing by near a village, houses and woods in the background. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "There is going to be a storm. A seine boat travelling up the coast seeks shelter in Kyuquot. In the top of the frame is the Indian Reserve."

Winter storm

An image showing ocean waves breaking on shore. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "During the Winter it rains most days and is often foggy, and there are always some terrible storms. Walter's Cove is protected, but the other side of Walter's Island is open to the full force of a South-East gale! This frame shows a wave smashing into the shore at outside beach. (See accompanying map of Kyuquot.)"

Kyuquot Elementary School

An image showing two buildings with a small shed, a dock and a flag pole at the front. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "The far building is the Primary classroom (K-3), while Intermediate grades (4-7) are held in the other building. Can you see the school wharf? You would have to come to school in a boat if you lived in Kyuquot!"

Making Christmas cards

An image of a child sitting at a table, cutting a pieces of paper, craft supplies on the table. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "Lavigne Jack makes Christmas cards."

Children playing at recess

A close-up image of three children smiling and looking at the camera. According to the documentation included with the filmstrip, the description of the image states "Rose Harry, Pauline Vincent and Lenora Short play out at recess."

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."

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