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Totem pole, Alert Bay (?)

Image of an unidentified totem pole in Alert Bay. A cross stands in the ground next to the pole, possibly indicating that this is a gravesite or graveyard.

Anthony Carter

Tall totem pole, Alert Bay, BC

Photograph of a totem pole in Alert Bay, BC. This pole has been called the world's tallest totem pole, though this is a disputed fact since it is actually comprised of two pieces. The pole is not specific to a particular family, but represents multiple tribes of the Kwakwaka'wakw. The pole was completed in the late 1960's and raised in 1973. It is located near the Big House.

Mildred Laurie

St. Michael's Indian Residential School, Alert Bay

Image of a St. Michael's Indian Residential School in Alert Bay. A similar image is printed on page 35 of Carter's book "From History's Locker," with the caption: "Two fine old carved columns stand guard in front of the school."

Anthony Carter

St. Michael's Indian Residential School, Alert Bay

Image of a St. Michael's Indian Residential School in Alert Bay. A similar image is printed on page 35 of Carter's book "From History's Locker," with the caption: "Two fine old carved columns stand guard in front of the school."

Anthony Carter

Ravens and Robins With Shields Won in Intramural Competition at St. Michael's Residential School

Item is a hand-tinted glass lantern slide of twenty children and one adult holding house pennants with the names "Robins" and "Ravens" and shields in front of a building. Item is a duplicated of item no. S7-60, fonds 008 Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada (MSCC) fonds, from the Anglican Church of Canada General Synod Archives. According to description from the Anglican Church of Canada General Synod Archives, Ravens (senior girls) and Robins (junior girls) pose with the shields won in intramural competition. The Anglican Church established a day school at its mission in Alert Bay, British Columbia in 1878. It opened a small boarding school there in 1882 and an industrial school in 1894. In 1929, a new building was constructed. The school was known for the arts and crafts produced by the students and the two large totem poles in front of the school building. In 1947, two-dozen children ran away from the school. The subsequent investigation into conditions at the school led to the resignation of both the principal and the vice-principal. By 1969, when the federal government assumed administration of the school, all residents were attending local schools. The residence closed in 1974. (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation)

Mrs. Agnes Cranmer: Beliefs and Myths Pertaining to the Aquatic World

Item includes two audio cassette tapes with recordings of Mrs. Agnes Cranmer.
Tape a: Mrs. Agnes Cranmer: Beliefs and Myths pertaining to the aquatic world.

  • Side 1: 1- Max'enox. 2- Wawalis, 3- Xuyim
  • Side 2: 4- Migwat

Tape b: Mrs. Agnes Cranmer: Beliefs and Myths pertaining to the aquatic world.

  • Side 1: 1- Max'enox. 2- Wawalis, 3- Xuyim
  • Side 2: 4- Migwat

Recorded by Martine de Widerspach-Thor (Reid) at the house of Mrs. Agnes Cranmer in Alert Bay.

Martine J. Reid

Killer Whale arch, Alert Bay cemetery

View of the Killer Whale Arch located at the entrance to the Kwatiul Indian Cemetery. This arch is a memorial to a boy lost at sea. Located at Alert Bay, British Columbia. Several crosses and memorial totem poles are visible behind this archway.

From all over the place [raising totem, Alert Bay]

Image of a totem pole in Alert Bay, BC, at the grave of the Kwakiutl Chief Mungo Martin. The pole was carved to honor the Chief. This image shows the pole right after it has been raised, with the ropes used to raise it still attached. Additional information and images of this pole are featured on pages 28-33 of Carter's book "From History's Locker."

Anthony Carter

Children Playing at St. Michael's Residential School

Item is a hand-tinted glass lantern slide of five children in playing attitude with the sea in the background. Based on the original order of the collection, photograph might have been taken in Alert Bay and the children might have been students at St. Michael's Residential School. The Anglican Church established a day school at its mission in Alert Bay, British Columbia in 1878. It opened a small boarding school there in 1882 and an industrial school in 1894. In 1929, a new building was constructed. The school was known for the arts and crafts produced by the students and the two large totem poles in front of the school building. In 1947, two-dozen children ran away from the school. The subsequent investigation into conditions at the school led to the resignation of both the principal and the vice-principal. By 1969, when the federal government assumed administration of the school, all residents were attending local schools. The residence closed in 1974. (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation)

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