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The series consists primarily of material accumulated and/or created by Gillian Darling Kovanic during her travels abroad, both as a student of anthropology and a filmmaker. This series includes field research conducted by Kovanic with the Kalash in Pakistan, the Kom/Kati tribes in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Orissa in India, the Haida on the Queen Charlotte Islands [Haida Gwaii], British Columbia and the Kwakwaka’wakw in Alert Bay, British Columbia. Much of her fieldwork is made up of a study of the languages and cultural practices of the people being studied.
Included in the series are eleven field notebooks and thirty-nine corresponding cassette tapes, a handwritten Kalash’a dictionary, a notebook containing information on the ethnographic materials collected by Darling, which now reside with the Royal Ontario Museum, and approximately 4502 photographs, including slides, negatives, prints and digital photos. Also included are a number of academic and popular articles collected by Kovanic, which compliment her field research, including a unique, handwritten article by Wazir Ali Shah, secretary to the last ruler of Chital, Mehtar, in 1977, which was written after the original manuscript was lost. The series also contains published material, comprised of a teaching kit titled “Kalash Bread-making: From Field to Feast” and the Wakhi Language Book by Haqiqat Ali.

Gillian Darling Kovanic

Gillian Darling Kovanic fonds

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  • Archief
  • 1973 - 2010

This fonds consists of textual records, photographs, negatives, slides, audio recordings, compact discs and video on DVD that relate to Kovanic’s academic and film career. The fonds relates especially to her work in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, but also captures her work with First Nations on the Northwest coast of British Columbia.

Gillian Darling Kovanic

Misc. Anthony B+W Negs

File consists of negatives depicting Carter and Minn Sjolseth's travels throughout BC and the Yukon, including items labeled "Bear Totem," "Boat, Van," "Entrance to Stanley Park," "Vancouver Island, Graveyard Bay Village, Esperanza Inlet," "Nicola Valley Campsites," "Jackie Burrows and Richard Farnsworth - Filming Bill Miner at Ft. Steel, BC," and "Yukon Border Sign." The file also contains documentation of Sjolseth's exhibition at the Frye Art Museum and negatives labeled "Minn and paintings."

2 1/4 Transparencies

File consists of slides depicting various people and events, including Prince Charles' visit to Canada in 1977, Dan George, and Minn Sjolseth's paintings.

Totem Poles Hazelton 66

File consists of slides labeled Hazelton, Old Hazelton, and Ketchikan. The slides depict totem poles, individuals, and an event which may be Mungo Martin's memorial event.

Nootka/Currie

File consists of slides depicting First Nations chiefs and elders, Carter's wife Minn Sjolseth with August Jacks, Johnny Seaweed, miscellaneous images from Mount Currie/Lil'wat First Nation, and a photograph labeled "Potlatch Masset 60s".

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