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Mercy blesses the canoe log

Image features Mercy with her hand on the canoe log blessing it while Norman stands by her side and Sadie Tait can be seen at the far right.

Mercy blesses the canoe log

Image features Mercy with her hand on the canoe log blessing it and addressing the crowd of gathered spectators while Norman stands by her side.

Squirrel Dance

Image is of Josiah and Mercy watching Norman perform his squirrel dance on top of the canoe log.

Squirrel Dance

Image is of Tait family members wearing button blankets and beating skin drums while Norman performs his squirrel dance on top of the canoe log.

Mercy, Norman, and Joe David

Image is of Norman in conversation with Mercy, who is holding an umbrella. Standing beside them is Joe David with his back to the camera and looking down at his daughter.

Tait and David families

The image is of Norman Tait and two of his sons on the left side of image and Joe David with his daughter tucked under his button blanket to the right side. The little girl clutching a small item is the only one facing the camera while the others are all looking away.

Crew moving log from the Turnbull & Gail construction yard in Richmond (contractors for building the new Native Education Centre) to UBC's carving shed

Item is a b&w negative of a photograph of the crew loading log onto flatbed truck to move it from the Turnbull & Gail construction yard in Richmond (contractors for the Native Ed. Centre) to old UBC carving shed. Info corresponds to text from WHERE THE PEOPLE GATHER or paperback TOTEM POLE CARVING pp. 38-41.

Notes:
Robert Tait (Chip) had told all the guys to ask as many people as possible to come move the log off the truck and into the carving shed. They didn’t have a forklift to do this but Norman also said he wanted as many people as possible to “touch the log”, that he wanted things done as traditionally as possible. All lifts and moves were done to the beat of the drum. The log was heavy and it was also difficult getting it between the small saplings.

Geographic Location: The old UBC Carving Shed

Crew and log at the old UBC carving shed

Item is a b&w negative of a photograph of people after log has been moved into the old UBC carving shed. The textual info is in WHERE THE PEOPLE GATHER or paperback TOTEM POLE CARVING p. 40-41.)
Notes:
• Norman told me that “they” had to pay for moving the log to UBC’s carving shed (i.e. it came out of his contract monies). After the log was moved into the shed, the wolf clan chieftainess Mercy Robinson Thomas makes a public call for donations. As people come up and put money into a cedarbark hat, she calls out their name and amount. Andy Morrison (in army beret) helps collect and count the money. A total of $126.05 is collected. Then Chip jumps on the log and thanks everybody for their help.

Geographic Location: all photos at area around the old UBC Carving Shed

Crew and log at the old UBC carving shed

Item is a b&w negative of a photograph of people after log has been moved into the old UBC carving shed. The textual info is in WHERE THE PEOPLE GATHER or paperback TOTEM POLE CARVING p. 40-41.)
Notes:
• Norman told me that “they” had to pay for moving the log to UBC’s carving shed (i.e. it came out of his contract monies). After the log was moved into the shed, the wolf clan chieftainess Mercy Robinson Thomas makes a public call for donations. As people come up and put money into a cedarbark hat, she calls out their name and amount. Andy Morrison (in army beret) helps collect and count the money. A total of $126.05 is collected. Then Chip jumps on the log and thanks everybody for their help.

Geographic Location: all photos at area around the old UBC Carving Shed

Crew and log at the old UBC carving shed

Item is a b&w negative of a photograph of people after log has been moved into the old UBC carving shed. 1st 3 rows of photos shows people after log has been moved into the old UBC carving shed. The textual info is in WHERE THE PEOPLE GATHER or paperback TOTEM POLE CARVING p. 40-41.) Text info for last 9 images is from pp. 42-45.

Notes:
• Norman told me that “they” had to pay for moving the log to UBC’s carving shed (i.e. it came out of his contract monies). After the log was moved into the shed, the wolf clan chieftainess Mercy Robinson Thomas makes a public call for donations. As people come up and put money into a cedarbark hat, she calls out their name and amount. Andy Morrison (in army beret) helps collect and count the money. A total of $126.05 is collected. Then Chip jumps on the log and thanks everybody for their help.
• Three photos of button blanket are possibly one that Dorothy Grant was making—three images that follow may be her and Doreen Jensen (Gitxsan carver) on the right. I don’t remember who they are talking to.
• Last 9 images are the next day. The first 4 show Harry Martin cleaning out a damaged section at the top of the pole that will have to be plugged. Last strip shows Wayne and Isaac working to finish up rounding the log so Norman can begin drawing. Small child watching is my son Luke Powell. Last two images are the guys inserting the plug.

Geographic Location: all photos at area around the old UBC Carving Shed

Crew and log at the old UBC carving shed

Item is a b&w negative of a photograph of people after log has been moved into the old UBC carving shed. The textual info is in WHERE THE PEOPLE GATHER or paperback TOTEM POLE CARVING p. 40-41.)
Notes:
• Norman told me that “they” had to pay for moving the log to UBC’s carving shed (i.e. it came out of his contract monies). After the log was moved into the shed, the wolf clan chieftainess Mercy Robinson Thomas makes a public call for donations. As people come up and put money into a cedarbark hat, she calls out their name and amount. Andy Morrison (in army beret) helps collect and count the money. A total of $126.05 is collected. Then Chip jumps on the log and thanks everybody for their help.

Geographic Location: all photos at area around the old UBC Carving Shed

Crew and log at the old UBC carving shed

Item is a b&w negative of a photograph of people after log has been moved into the old UBC carving shed. Item shows a female toddler standing next to a man holding a drum. The textual info is in WHERE THE PEOPLE GATHER or paperback TOTEM POLE CARVING p. 40-41.)

Geographic Location: all photos at area around the old UBC Carving Shed

Tait family regalia

Item is a b&w negative of a photograph of people after log has been moved into the old UBC carving shed.
Three photos of button blanket are possibly one that Dorothy Grant was making—three images that follow may be her and Doreen Jensen (Gitxsan carver) on the right. I don’t remember who they are talking to.

Geographic Location: all photos at area around the old UBC Carving Shed

Crew and log at the old UBC carving shed

Item is a b&w negative of Harry Martin cleaning out a damaged section at the top of the pole that will have to be plugged. The textual info is in WHERE THE PEOPLE GATHER or paperback TOTEM POLE CARVING pp. 42-45.)

Geographic Location: all photos at area around the old UBC Carving Shed

Crew and log at the old UBC carving shed

Item is a b&w negative of a photograph of the continuation of the work on the pole. Norman starts to sketch on the log. The textual info is in WHERE THE PEOPLE GATHER or paperback TOTEM POLE CARVING p. 45-47).

Notes:
Once the log is suitably rounded, Norman is eager to get the drawings on the pole. He brings in the tissue sketches he did for the bid submission, roughly sketching them onto the log. (Note the 5th image [a020808] shows my darkroom printing notations--often my photo choices are indicated with a wax pencil on the contact sheet—sometimes with an X, sometimes a triangle, sometimes a dot—depending on the job.)

Geographic Location: UBC Carving Shed

Crew and log at the old UBC carving shed

Item is a b&w negative of a photograph of the continuation of the work on the pole. Norman starts to sketch on the log. The textual info is in WHERE THE PEOPLE GATHER or paperback TOTEM POLE CARVING p. 45-47).

Notes:
Once the log is suitably rounded, Norman is eager to get the drawings on the pole. He brings in the tissue sketches he did for the bid submission, roughly sketching them onto the log. (Note the 5th image [a020808] shows my darkroom printing notations--often my photo choices are indicated with a wax pencil on the contact sheet—sometimes with an X, sometimes a triangle, sometimes a dot—depending on the job.)

Geographic Location: UBC Carving Shed

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