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Tree trunk at water's edge

Image depicts an object that may be a bent tree trunk at the edge of a body of water. The foreground contains brush; mountains are visible in the distance.

Fleet of boats

Image depicts a fleet of boats, likely fishing boats, on the water. Trees and mountains are visible in the distance.

Waterfall closeup

Image depicts a large waterfall, possibly one located on the Skeena River along the Salmon Trail in New Hazelton, B. C. This image may be a closeup of the waterfall depicted in image a034790.

Women canoeing

Image depicts five women canoeing along a river. Several structures, possibly houses, are visible in the background, as are trees at the water's edge.

Log structure

Image depicts a large building constructed of logs, with a stone foundation. It appears to be situated in a wooded area.

Profile view of man in ceremonial dress

Image depicts an elderly man standing in front a wooden structure. He wears ceremonial dress, including head gear. See also image a034813 for a front view of this man. Read's note suggests this photo may have been taken at Topley Landing on Babine Lake.

Drying Fish

Image depicts a rack set up in a clearing where fish appear to be drying. The area around the rack is scrub land and mountains can be seen in the distance.

Pole of Gurhsan, Gitsegyukla

Image depicts a totem pole erected in a farming area. It stands behind a rail fence and in front of a wooden barn. Read's notes state: "The Owl, or Grave-of-Gurhsan, form representation of the mythic owl. The pole dates from about 1913, was carved by Arthur Wilson, of Larksail phratry."

Pole of Mawlarhen, close up

Image depicts a close up of a totem pole, depicting the face of a human-like figure at its base. Read's note indicates this is the Pole of Mawlarhen at Gitsegyukla. "Raven at top; half pole uncarved; then large eagle, with folded wings; sitting frog; frog hanging with head down; bottom, the Man of the Comb whose hands, raised with palms forward are like native combs. Pole c1925, was about 40 years old. Erected to commemorate Mawlarhen and his sister Poking Bullhead. Carver local artist, Jimmy Good of the Fireweed phratry." See also item a034838 for another view of this pole.

Two totem poles

Image depicts two poles standing in an open area. The front pole features a human-like creature on visible portion. The back pole also includes a human figure at the bottom with an owl on top. The figures on the bottom may be crest figures (Leading In or Halfway Out) or a Man of the Wild. Read's note suggests that one of these may be a Pole of Hrkyadet at Kispiox.

Dusty road

Image depicts a rural dirt thoroughfare with brush on either side of the road. The terrain is somewhat hilly.

Rural church

Image depicts a rural church standing in a clearing with mountains in the distance. This may be St. Paul`s Anglican Church in Kitwanga.

Three totem poles

Image depicts three totem poles, standing in an open area. Reads note under this photo indicates that the pole on the left may by a Snag-of-the-Sand-Bar pole from the House of Chief Skogum Laxhe. The pole on the right may be Chief Laxhes Hat-of-Tsagyem-hanak Pole. See also item a034837 for a closeup of the Snag-of-the-Sand-Bar pole.

Carving of Grizzly Bear of the Water

Image depicts a carving of a creature that resembles a bear--with fins. The carving sits on a wooden structure, possibly a carver's bench. Several buildings can be seen behind the carving platform.

Read Notes

Read's note cards detail information about three groups of totem poles and contain text and page references to Marius Barbeau's book, Totem Poles of the Gitksan, Upper Skeena River, British Columbia (published by the Canada Department of Mines and the National Museum of Canada, 1929).

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