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Ronnie Tessler fonds
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Ronnie Tessler fonds

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  • Fonds
  • 1986 - 1987

The fonds consists of photographs created by Ronnie Tessler between 1986 and 1987 documenting a canoe project by Nisga’a carver Norman Tait. The project was abandoned in the summer of 1987, and the canoe was left uncompleted. The photographs depict models for the canoe, transportation of the log for the canoe to the Museum of Anthropology, ceremonies performed throughout the project, and various stages of work on the canoe and model. Additional photographs from this period depict a totem pole-raising ceremony at Capilano Mall in North Vancouver, as well as portraits of Les Baker, a model Tait wanted to use for a “white man” mask. The fonds is arranged into a single series: Norman Tait canoe project and related materials.

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[Ruler next to model canoe]

Image is of the model canoe on a small table in front of longhouse. A ruler rests on table next to model canoe, measuring its right half.

[Cameraman documents work in progress]

Image is of Chip wielding a hose near the east end of the covered canoe log. An unidentified person documents the process with a video camera. Ron, Isaac, and unidentified person stand behind Chip, watching the process. Totem poles and museum exterior are partially visible in image background.

[Canoe log scraps]

Image is of Chip bending down towards cedar scraps near the east end of the covered canoe log. Cedar scraps, blocks, and strips cover the ground in image foreground. Totem poles and museum exterior are partially visible in image background.

[Isaac rakes debris outside long house]

Image is of Isaac using a rake in front of longhouse, on south side of the canoe log. Ron and Chip stand nearby, monitoring the process. An unidentified person stands looking at the camera in image foreground, on right side of image.

[Water drenched sections of log]

Image is of the water drenched sections of the south side of the canoe log. Cedar blocks and scraps cover the ground in between the longhouse and canoe log.

[Chip adjusts model canoe]

Image is of Chip holding the model canoe over a table in front of the longhouse. A chalkboard with diagrams is partially visible behind Chip, resting against the longhouse exterior. Cedar strips cover the ground.

[Chip adjusts model canoe]

Image is of Chip holding the model canoe over a table in front of the longhouse. A chalkboard with diagrams is partially visible behind Chip, resting against the longhouse exterior. Cedar strips cover the ground.

[Preparing to pour water]

Image is of Ron standing atop the canoe log and looking towards Chip who stands on the ground, near the log's east end. Posts rest on top of the covered east end of the log. Cedar blocks and scraps cover the ground surrounding the log. Longhouse exterior is partially visible on left side of image.

[Ron begins to pour water over log]

Image is of Ron standing atop the canoe log and beginning to pour a bucket of water over its top. Chip stands near longhouse exterior holding a long post. Cedar blocks and scraps cover the ground surrounding the log.

[Ron pauses water pouring]

Image is of Ron standing atop the canoe log with a bucket of water. Chip stands near longhouse exterior holding a long post. Cedar blocks and scraps cover the ground surrounding the log.

[Chip holds model canoe]

Image is of Chip holding the model canoe vertical as he stands in front of the partially covered canoe log, on its south side. Totem poles and mountains are partially visible in image background.

[Canoe log with posts attached]

Image is of the east end (bow?) of the canoe log with four posts attached. Cedar scraps, blocks, and various supplies cover the ground surrounding the log. Ron stands on the south side of the log. Chip stands against the longhouse exterior next to a chalkboard with diagrams.

[Canoe log with posts attached]

Image is of Ron sitting atop the east end of the canoe log. Chip adjusts a post as Isaac stands on the ground on the log's north side. Cedar scraps and various supplies cover the ground surrounding the log. Longhouse exterior is visible on left side of image.

[Chip measures posts at middle of log]

Image is of Chip measuring and marking a post frame at the middle of the canoe log. Ron sits atop the canoe log, next to the posts. Cedar scraps cover the ground.

[Chip, Ron and Isaac adjust posts]

Image is of Ron sitting atop the east end of the canoe log, holding a horizontal post as Isaac assists from the ground. Chip stands on the south side of the log and measures the frame's vertical post with a steel square. A totem pole is visible in image background.

[Isaac makes notes]

Image is of Isaac sitting on the ground near the east side of the longhouse and making notes on a small notepad. Cedar blocks and scraps cover the ground. A chalkboard rests against the longhouse exterior in image background.

[Isaac makes notes]

Image is of Isaac sitting on the ground near the east side of the longhouse and making notes on a small notepad. Cedar blocks and scraps cover the ground. A chalkboard rests against the longhouse exterior in image background.

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