Item MAN-031A - Songs by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Louis of Kitimat Part 1

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Songs by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Louis of Kitimat Part 1

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  • [195-] (Creation)

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1 audio reel ; 7"

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Item is the first of three sound recordings made by Dr. Ida Halpern that feature Mr. and Mrs. Fred Louis of Kitimat, British Columbia singing Nuu-chah-nulth songs, along with drum accompaniment. Fred Louis introduces each song. There is some use of the Haisla language in the content descriptions written on the reel container.

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Audio Recordings Reel to Reel Box 2

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497 MB sound recording (mp3) : 30 min.

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Recordings made by Dr. Halpern of Fred Louis are featured in “Nootka Indian Music of the Pacific North West Coast”, which was released by Folkways Records in 1974 through support of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage ( Also see the Ida Halpern fonds at the BC Archives, specifically Sub-Series MS-3195.E – Fred Louie and Ella Thompson recording sessions, May 24, 1951 (

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0:00-0:45 live singing with drum accompaniment
0:45-0:60 "just a fill in”
0:60-1:27 medicine man’s dance
1:27-2:67 breaks indicate different verses
2:67 applause
2:77 – 4:80 "ha-ma-mai” song
4:80-4:88 silence
4:88-5:85 "hĭmĭkits” or “hĭmĭkitsĭm” song – a headdress song
5:90-6:05 "the last song is going to be played again by Mr. and Mrs. Louis because a mistake was made in singing it first.”
6:20-7:30 "the hĭmĭkitsĭm song again”
745-end another tokwathĭnkits song

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  • Box: Audio Recordings Reel to Reel Box 2