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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.

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.

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.

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.

Totem Park, UBC, Vancouver, Kwakiutl (#2 + 5 carved by Mungo Martin), Alert Bay sea lion pole #2, new Mungo Martin pole #5, frontal pole #6, eagle crest pole #7

This pole was on display at UBC in Totem Park in the 1960’s and 1970’s and moved to the Museum in the late 1970’s. It was carved in 1914 in Tsaxis (Fort Rupert) by George Hunt Sr. for the Edward S. Curtis film "In the Land of the War Canoes" which was originally titled "In the Land of the Head Hunters". The pole was collected by Marius Barbeau and Arthur Price in 1947. The pole was repaired and re-painted by carvers Ellen Neel in 1949 and Mungo Martin in 1950-51. It stood at Totem Park, UBC Campus until it was re-located to the Museum's Great Hall in 1976.

Iconography: Kolus is a young thunderbird. Thunderbird is a supernatural bird identifiable by the presence of ear-like projections or horns on the head, and a re-curved beak. The pole alludes to the story of Tongas people in south Alaska, who migrated south.

Kwakiutl, raven totem pole #3, Totem Park, UBC, Vancouver

Carved by Charlie James c. 1900 (Fort Rupert). Collected by Marius Barbeau and Arthur Price. The pole was re-adzed and re-painted by Kwakwaka'wakw carver Mungo Martin before shipping in 1947. Repainted and repaired by Ellen Neel (1949) and by Mungo Martin (1950-51). It stood at Totem Pole Park, UBC Campus until it was re-located to the Museum's Great Hall c. 1976.

Alert Bay memorial pole

Image of a memorial pole at Alert Bay. Inscription at the bottom held by the figure reads "In loving memory of Tlaowa Latle of the Qiowasudinuk (Kwakwaka'wakw: Kwikwasut'inuxw) Tribe. Died Nov. 9 [rest of inscription illegible].

William Carr

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