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Vickie Jensen and Jay Powell fonds Subseries
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Western Gitksan photographs

Consists of photographs, in the form of negatives, prints and slides, taken during the period that Jensen and Powell lived and worked in the Western Gitksan villages. The images include photographs that were used to illustrate the language books being produced, and other photographs that documented the culture and way of living in these communities.

Unpublished manuscript and lessons

Includes a number of versions of the unpublished manuscript titled <i>Chinook Jargon: The Language of Northwest History.</i> Also included are the lessons prepared for the Chinook Jargon classes taught by Powell at Langara College, 1974 – 75.

Tsimshian-Gitksan materials

Consists of Tsimshian language education materials produced by Margaret Seguin and Susan Marsden. The materials were used by Powell for research purposes during his work on the Gitksan books.

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 __ .

Shuswap teacher training

Consists of materials produced for teaching training and development during Phase 2 of the Shuswap project. Includes a Teacher’s Manual developed with the assistance of Joy Wild, teaching units, Chilcotin readers by Maria Myers (produced during this period by Jensen) and a Chilcotin alphabet sheet.

Salishan audio recordings

Consists of audio recordings made as part of the research for the Musqueam and Seton Lake Lillooet language materials. The Musqueam recordings mainly consist of interviews with informant Andrew Guerin on lexical and grammatical aspects of the language. The information on these recordings were used by Powell in the Musqueam language books. The Lillooet recordings are of community member Cida Link reading the Lillooet alphabet. These were done to accompany educational materials.

Research materials

Consists of articles and other records used by Powell to research Chinook Jargon and its historical uses. Powell referenced the sources in the unpublished manuscript Chinook Jargon: The Language of Northwest History.

Research materials

Consists of research materials on Nuu-chah-nulth, mainly from Sapir and Swadesh. Also includes research on teaching materials produced by Suzanne Rose and Ed Tatoosh.

Research

Consists of articles, books, reports, maps, newsletters, and other information gathered by Powell as research into the culture and language of the Quileute. The research was used for both his dissertation and for subsequent education and teaching materials.

Research

Consists of research materials on the Shuswap language and culture, mostly work done by Aert Kuipers, a Dutch linguist who documented a number of British Columbian languages in the mid-twentieth century.

Research

Consists of research materials referenced in the creation of the Gitksan language and curriculum books. Includes works such as the Classified word list for B.C. Indian Languages by Larry Thompson and the Gitksan Dictionary by Hindle and Rigsby.

Reports

Consists of reports done by Powell for the Kitamaat Village Council on the traditional use and occupancy of land as it relates to a number of issues, such as specific resource areas and land under proposal for non-traditional uses.

Recordings

Consists of audio recordings of the Let’s Study Shuswap and Learning Shuswap series of books. Created to accompany the language education materials.

Quinault materials

Consists of records relating to the Quinault language. Powell originally hoped to work with the Quinault in 1969 during his graduate studies, but there was already a linguist with the community. In the 1980s he was asked to work for them on the basis of the success of the Quileute books, but he was committed to other projects at the time. Finally in 1995 he went down to Quinault territory again but the promised funding did not materialise. The records in this series are those collected by Powell during the final period of communications with the Quinault.

Publications and research material

Consists of notes and copies of two publications: By Punt to Kitlope (curriculum booklet 2006); two copies of the Haisla Unity Feast Book, called Our Lands, Nuyem and Stories (2005); 160 km of Haisla History: Guidebook for a visit to the Kitlope; and Our Nuyem Says… (a school curriculum).

Publications

Consists of publications on the Quileute by Jensen and Powell. Includes copies of all the Quileute language phrase books called “Big Books,” as well as articles and other writings done on the Quileute.

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