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Nuu-chah-nulth Photograph collection

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  • [192-?]

The collection consists of eight photographs likely taken in the Nuu-chah-nulth community in the 1920's. Some of the photographs may have been taken by Catherine, the daughter of an early Indian Agent named Augustus Cox. They include a number of images that appear to be a Samiilth or Saatlsaach ceremony, with K'aanaatla mimicking wolves. Some of these images are taken near a seaside village, which shows various types of structures and canoes. Other images taken on a beach show canoe runs, as well as two images of individuals in robes and headdresses. Another image shows a detailed view of two headdresses. There are also images of what seem to be preparations for a parade, with individuals dressed in costumes and decorated motorcars nearby.

Joe David and daughter

At the center of image, Joe David's daughter can be seen tucked under her father's button blanket in such a way that her eyes are entirely covered by the cloak. Norman Tait stands on the left side of image.

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.

Joe David and daughter

Joe David and his daughter are in front of the canoe log. The little girl appears tucked under her father's button blanket.
Norman Tait stands at the left of image holding one of the canoe paddles.

Bill Reid's speech

Image is of Bill Reid standing in front of the canoe log and delivering his address at the welcome ceremony.

Bill Reid at the welcome ceremony

Image is of Rob't, Mercy, Norman, and Bill Reid during welcome ceremony. Bill Reid is speaking with folded notes in his hands. Mercy holds an umbrella while Norman holds a paddle.

Bill Reid's speech

Image is of Bill Reid holding a piece of paper during his address at the welcome ceremony.

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.

Squirrel Dance

Image is of Tait family members, Mercy and Josiah wearing button blankets and watching Norman as he performs his squirrel dance on top of the canoe log.

Squirrel Dance

A Tait family member wearing a button blanket watches Norman perform his squirrel dance on top of canoe log.

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