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Research Posters and Maps

Sub-series consists of maps and posters acquired by Halpin during her career. The maps depict Nishga land and the native languages of the North Pacific Coast. There are two maps of the native languages of the North Pacific Coast, one of which was done by Wayne Suttles and the other by his son, Cameron Suttles. Additionally, there are posters collected by Halpin at various exhibits, as well as one from the Shadbolt exhibit which she curated in 1986. There is also a drawing of a canoe design; however the person responsible for this drawing is not identified.

Research Slides

Sub-series consists of slides which were used for research and possibly teaching purposes. Among them are slides relating to artists such as Robert Davidson, Bill Reid, Jack Shadbolt, Ron Hamilton, and Dorothy Grant. Also included are slides of objects from MOA, the British Columbia Provincial Museum, Royal Ontario Museum, and the Glenbow Museum. Art objects featured in the slides include masks, totem poles, rattles and pipes from the K’san, Tsimshian and Tlingit.

Research Audio Cassettes

Sub-series consists of research in the form of taped interviews for various projects. Tapes consist of interviews with artists such as Dempsey Bob, Ron Hamilton, Doreen Jensen, Corrine Hunt, Pam Holloway, Connie Dickens and others.

Research Notes

Sub-series consists of mostly textual records in addition to photographs, negatives, slides and contact sheets. The textual records are both handwritten and typed notes, as well as publications of other authors. Research topics undertaken by Halpin include Tsimshian art, Marius Barbeau’s work, the Kitwancool, Gitksan art and William Beynon. Photographs and negatives are mostly of masks, totem poles and rattles.

MOA Activities, 1976 and later

Subseries includes photographic material collected to document the organizational memory of MOA. Photographs primarily depict the events and functions that have occurred in the museum, as well as events and functions that took place outside the museum that involved MOA or MOA staff members. The subseries also contains candid shots of MOA staff members, photographs of different parts of the museum, and photographs related to MOA that have made their way into the MOA archives.

See attached document for photograph list.

Audio tapes and transcripts

Consists of tapes and transcripts used to form the text for Where the People Gather. The tapes contain a mix of recordings of Norman Tait teaching/directing the carving of the NEC pole and later poles, and more formal interviews between Jensen and the carvers involved in the projects of this time period.

Tait family and crew artists’ photographs

Consists of photographs documenting the work of various artists that assisted Norman Tait in the period that Jensen was photographing his work. Most of the photographs included in this sub-series are of the various side projects that the artists would spend time on whilst major projects such as totem poles were in progress. Artists photographed in this sub-series are: Norman Tait, Isaac Tait, Robert “Chip” Tait, Ron Telek , Wayne Young, Valerie Tait, Alver Tait, Bernice __ .

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