File 2 (61.2-5; 62.1-4) - Kwakwaka'wakw

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2 (61.2-5; 62.1-4)

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  • [199-?] (Creation)

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ca. 400 photographs + 1 contact sheet
3 cm of textual records
2 postcards

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(1948 - 2020)

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File contains a combination of images of Kwakwaka'wakw artifacts housed in various museums and images of historical Kwakwaka'wakw villages on Vancouver Island and along the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. Artifacts include totem poles, bentwood boxes, carvings, masks, and Kwakwaka'wakw artwork such as paintings and drawings. There are historical photographs of the following villages: Gwat'sinuxw (Quatsino), Kwikwasutinuxw (Gilford Island), A'wa'etlala Village (Knight's Inlet), Mamalikala (Village Island), Wiwekalu Village of T'la'mataxw (Campbell River), Kwixa Village (Salmon River), Dunaxda'xw Village (New Vancouver), and Gwa'sala Village (Smith Inlet). The textual records include information about some of the photographs, identifying items such as the people, the villages, and/or the artifacts depicted in the photographs.

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Many of the prints and negatives in this subseries belong to museums and archives around the world, as noted by the copyright notices on verso of the prints. MOA does not hold copyright to the photographs for any use; therefore copyright must be obtained from the original institution in order to use the photographs for any purpose.

Images have been obtained from the following institutions: University of Washington Libraries; Royal British Columbia Museum; City of Vancouver Archives; Field Museum of Natural History; National Museums of Canada; British Columbia Archives and Records Service Visual Records Unit; Vancouver Public Library; UBC Archives; National Museum of the American Indian; National Archives of Canada [now Library & Archives Canada]; American Museum of Natural History; University Museum of Philadelphia; Glenbow Museum; Oregon Historical Society; and the Canadian Museum of Civilization [now Canadian Museum of History].

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188 photographs : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm - 64 photographs : b&w negatives ; 6 x 6 cm - 46 photographs : b&w ; 12 x18 cm or smaller - 39 photographs : col. negatives ; 6 x 6 cm - 16 photographs :b&w ; 13 x 19 cm or smaller - 13 photographs : col. ; 10 x 15 cm or smaller - 12 photographs :b&w negatives ; 10 x 12 cm or smaller - 9 photographs : col. ; 20x25 cm - 6 photographs : col. ; 10 x 12 cm - 5 photographs : col. ; 10 x 9 cm - 5 photographs : col. ; 10 x 7.5 cm - 4 photographs : col. 9 x 13 cm - 3 photographs : col. negatives ; 8 x 10 - 3 photographs : b&w negatives ; 35 mm - 2 photographs : col. ; 12.5 x 12.5 cm - 1 photograph : b&w ; 20 x 13 cm - 1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 13 cm

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