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Ben Williams Leeson collection

  • 93
  • Colección
  • [ca. 1908], [ca. 1972]

The fonds consists of 66 photographic prints, some of which are hand-coloured, stamped “B.W. Leeson Quatsino, B.C.”, labelled on the front or back with explanatory information, or signed in ink. One print of a longhouse is stamped “The Leeson Collection Copyright 1914.” The photographic subject matter relates to British Columbia’s Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations and the British Columbia landscape. Also included is a copy of Portraits of the Indians of Quatsino by Benjamin W. Leeson (Kit #20) by Susan Roper, produced by the Research Project on Early B.C. Photography at the Vancouver Public Library around 1972, and 23 duplicate slides which accompany it.

Ben Williams Leeson

Resting on a log

Image depicts four adults, wearing western clothing and regalia, resting on a log next to a parked car.

Man dancing

Image depicts a man dancing outdoors. He wears swim trunks and regalia and is accompanied by two male drummers standing behind him. Spectators stand in the background.

Woman dancing

Image depicts a woman wearing wearing a mix of western clothing and regalia dancing outdoors. Several other woman can be seen dancing behind her. Spectators watch the dance as well.

Ceremonial dance

Image depicts several women and children dancing outdoors. Others play drums in the background.

Ceremonial performance

Image depicts several people involved in a performance. A female plays the drum. A male, clad in a bathing suit and regalia, dances on his knee. Another man wearing a headdress, stands at the back of the photo. Spectators are also visible in this outdoor scene.

Elder in ceremonial dress

Image depicts a male elder wearing regalia that includes a black tunic with some kind of tassels on the tunic front and on his boots. Other people, both elders and young people, also appear in the picture, wearing regalia. Picture was taken outdoors and a man wearing a button blanket speaks into a microphone.

Woman and drum

Image depicts a woman wearing regalia carrying a drum and mallet. The drum is painted with an image that may be an eagle.

Inside the big house, view two

Image depicts the interior of a big house, possibly at Alert Bay, BC. People are dressed in regalia and some kind of event is in progress.

Inside the big house

Image depicts the interior of a big house, possibly at Alert Bay, BC. People are dressed in regalia and some kind of event is in progress.

Boats in harbour

Image depicts several boats docked around a harbour. Mountains are visible in the distance.

Ceremonial dance

Image depicts the interior of a big house, possibly at Alert Bay, BC. People are dressed in regalia and a ceremonial dance seems to be in progress.

Women, children and pelts

Image depicts a woman and several children all wearing regalia. The woman holds what appears to be a collection of fur pelts.

At the market

Image depicts a woman wearing a button blanket looking at a display of pelts that may be for sale. Other people and booths are visible in this outdoor area.

Cormorant Athletic Club event

Image depicts several adults and children standing outside. Some people wear regalia; others wear western clothing. A sign appears in the background identifying the Cormorant Athletic Club.

Salmon barbecue

Image depicts several adults standing outside, at a salmon barbecue. One woman wears an apron and salmon is visible behind the people.

Outdoor cooking

Image depicts several adults standing outside, possibly at a salmon barbecue. One woman wears an apron and salmon is visible behind the people.

Cooking salmon

Image depicts two adult males and several children who seem to be involved in cooking salmon outdoors.

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