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Interview with Bill Reid about Celebration of the Raven Part 1

Item is the first of a three part sound recording of an interview with Bill Reid about the origins of his carving The Raven and the First Men, located at MOA. The interviewer is unknown. During the interview Bill Reid discusses how the sculpture was the result of a highly collaborative process involving other artists, his impression of the location of the carving in MOA, and his working relationship with Walter C. Koerner who commissioned the sculpture. He lastly discusses his representation and interpretation of the Haida legend that the carving is based on. This recording is part of Celebration of the Raven which documented the creation of the Raven and the First Men Sculpture, its relocation to the Museum of Anthropology, and the unveiling by the Prince of Wales in 1982.

Audrey Hawthorn discusses the work of Mungo Martin

Item is a sound recording of Audrey Hawthorn discussing the work of Mungo Martin as he provides a carving demonstration. Mungo Martin does not speak during the recording. Audrey Hawthorn provides a brief biography of Mungo Martin, a description of his work carving the totem poles that stand at UBC’s totem park, the tools he uses, his design process and lastly describes the the intricate steps required to create Kwakiutl wood carvings.

Lecture and song by Nuu-chah-nulth artist Joe David

Item is an audio recording of a lecture by Nuu-chah-nulth artist Joe David about traditional Nuu-chah-nulth songs. He also sings several songs in Nuu-chah-nulth to drum accompaniment. The recording was made as part of MOA’s Public Lectures series titled Thursdays at the Museum.

Lecture by Haida artist Bill Reid

Item is an audio recording of a lecture by Haida artist Bill Reid, who discusses the transition in Northwest West Coast art from its primarily ceremonial function within First Nations society to the present day when, in his words, art is made almost exclusively for sale to the non-Indian community. The recording is Lecture #8 in the University of British Columbia's Center for Continuing Education Lecture Series on Traditions of North West Coast Indian Culture.

Lecture by Dr. Marjorie Halpin Part 2

Item is an audio recording of the second of a two-part lecture by anthropologist Dr. Marjorie Halpin on the subject of Tsimshian artwork. The recording is Lecture #7 in the University of British Columbia's Center for Continuing Education Lecture Series on Traditions of North West Coast Indian Culture.

Lecture by Dr. Peter Macnair Part 2

Item is an audio recording of the second of a two-part lecture by Canadian anthropologist Dr. Peter Macnair about Haida and Kwakiutl art. The recording is Lecture #6 in the University of British Columbia's Center for Continuing Education Lecture Series on Traditions of North West Coast Indian Culture.

Lecture by Dr. Marjorie Halpin Part 1

Item is an audio recording of the first of a two-part lecture by anthropologist Dr. Marjorie Halpin on the subject of Tsimshian artwork. The recording is Lecture #4 in the University of British Columbia's Center for Continuing Education Lecture Series on Traditions of North West Coast Indian Culture.

Lecture by Dr. Peter Macnair Part 1

Item is an audio recording of the first of a two-part lecture by Canadian anthropologist Dr. Peter Macnair about Haida and Kwakiutl art. The recording is Lecture #3 in the University of British Columbia's Center for Continuing Education Lecture Series on Traditions of North West Coast Indian Culture.

Tape for Mask Group, Anthropology 431

Item is a sound recording of material used in the UBC course, Anthropology 431. The recording features a speaker discussing Coast Saalish and Kwakwaka'wakw masks in terms of similarities and differences in form and meaning, particularly in reference to writing on the subject by Claude Levi-Strauss. The recording is related to the MOA exhibition Kwakiutl Masks: An Expression of Transformation, which took place from April 15 to December 31, 1979. The content of the recording is repeated three times.

Songs by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Louis of Kitimat Part 3

Item is third of three sound recordings made by Dr. Ida Halpern that feature Mr. and Ms. Fred Louis of Kitimat, British Columbia singing what are possibly Nuu-chah-nulth songs, along with drum accompaniment. Mr. Louis introduces each song. He states in the recording that most songs are written by his cousin Simon Peter of Iqaluit.

Carving demonstration by Mungo Martin

Item is a sound recording of an unidentified narrator providing the voice-over for an unidentified documentary. The narrator describes the techniques used by Mungo Martin as he provides a carving demonstration and also the acquisition by UBC of totem poles for Totem Park. The narrator also discusses the tools used by Mungo Martin, his methodology and symbolism used in his carvings. Mungo Martin does not speak during the recording.

Recordings related to Robert Davidson

[rr_0004t1a] Item is a recording of the opening of the exhibition Cycles: The Graphic Art of Robert Davidson, presented by Dr. Michael Ames. Speakers include exhibition curator Marjorie Halpin, Hilary Stewart, Nuu-chah-nulth artist Joe David, Cline Davidson (father of Robert Davidson) and Robert Davidson. Item dated dated October 30, 1979.

[rr_0004t3a] Item is a recording of a CBC Radio review of Hilary Stewart's book Robert Davidson, Haida printmaker and Audrey Hawthorne’s book Kwakiutl Art. Item dated November 12, 1979.

[rr_0004t4a] Item is a recording of Marjorie Halpin in discussion with Robert Davidson in the UBC MOA Theatre Gallery. The event was the first in a four part MOA Public Series event titled Art As Language, which was held in conjunction with the exhibition and publication of Cycles: Graphic Art of Robert Davidson, curated by Marjorie Helpin. Item dated November 11, 1979.

[rr_0004t2a] Item is a recording of Marjorie Halpin in discussion with Robert Davidson in the UBC MOA Theatre Gallery. The event was the second in a four part MOA Public Series event titled Art As Language, which was held in conjunction with the exhibition and publication of Cycles: Graphic Art of Robert Davidson, curated by Marjorie Helpin. Item dated November 11, 1979.

Haida singing Reel No. 1

Item is an audio recording of Mrs. Susan Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jones and Mr. Henry Young singing Haida songs, with drum accompaniment. The recording took place in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia.

Haida history spoken by Chief William Matthews of Masset Part 2

[rr_0024t1a] Item is a sound recording of Chief William Matthews of Masset, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia discussing Haida history. Topics include: the history of Haida villages, particularly the village of Masset; carver Robert Davidson who lived in Masset during his infancy; and traditional forms of fishing and agriculture.

[rr_0024t2a] Item is a sound recording of William Matthews discussing Haida history. Topics include: stories about fishing and hunting expeditions as a child; how he became involved in Council work in Masset; impact of the work done by Council on the village and improvements made; specific individuals involved in Council; differences in the approach between Council now and during his tenure; observations about life in Masset now and then.

Haida history spoken by Chief William Matthews of Masset Part 1

Item is a sound recording of Chief William Matthews of Massett, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia discussing various topics including: the formation of Native Brotherhood of British Columbia, which was established in 1931 and is recognized as Canada’s oldest active Native organization, and a senior BC fishing organization; proceeding years of the organization’s existence including who had governance in the organization, descriptions of various delegates, which villages were represented in the organization and the growth of the organization in subsequent years; personal stories about his family; history and social structure of the village he grew up in and of Haida peoples more broadly.

Interview with Haida Elder Percy Brown

Item is an audio recording of an interview with Percy Brown, a Haida Elder and well-known singer, about birds, animals, fish, whaling and trapping terminology on Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. He is interviewed by two unidentified women. In the first half of the recording, he is asked questions about local birds, for example, partridges, puffins and sea gull, in order to determine Haida names for the birds and to determine if the birds are native to Haida Gwaii. He is asked similar questions about various types of vegetation, for example, plant roots. He also provides information about historic uses of trading and trapping in Haida Gwaii. Percy Brown is featured in the 1979 LP Songs from Masset, referenced in the publication Northern Haida Songs by John Enrico and Wendy Bross Stuart which is available in the MOA Reading Room, call number 12.7c HAI ENR.

Examples from How to Write the Bella Coola Language

Item is an audio recording of Mrs. Marget Siwallace providing Nuxalk translations of words to an interviewer, Randy Bouchard as part of the How to Write the Haida Language project. According to the recording, Mrs. Marget Siwallace, age 62, was formerly of Kimsquit and at the time of the recording was living in Bella Coola. She is featured in the book Bella Coola: Life in the Heart of the Coast Mountains by Hans Granander. Randy Bouchard co-founded the BC Indian Language Project in 1968 (https://www.memorybc.ca/british-columbia-indian-language-project) and is the author of numerous books on First Nations subject matter.

Examples from How to Write the Haida Language

Item is an audio recording of Mrs. Gertrude Kelly providing Skidegate Haida translations of words to an interviewer, Randy Bouchard as part of the How to Write the Haida Language project. According to the recording, Mrs. Gertrude Kelly was formerly of Skidegate and at the time of the recording was living in Vancouver. Randy Bouchard co-founded the BC Indian Language Project in 1968 (https://www.memorybc.ca/british-columbia-indian-language-project) and is the author of numerous books pertaining to First Nations subject matter.

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