Item MAN-032A - Songs by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Louis of Kitimat Part 2

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Songs by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Louis of Kitimat Part 2

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  • May 25, 1951 (Creation)

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1 audio reel ; 7"

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Item is the second of three sound recordings made by Dr. Ida Halpern that feature Mr. and Ms. 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. This recording was possibly made by Dr. Ida Halpern.

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Audio Recordings Reel to Reel Box 2

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30.3 MB sound recording (mp3) : 16 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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0:00-0:95 this song I made myself, a love song to my wife before I married her. One time we were working opposite Seattle City and I went to see her and said that we should go to Seattle today and she said to me, if you were here this morning, but we have no time now, it’s getting late. So I felt very sorry and I went down to the station where the boat leaves for Seattle and sat at the stern of the ferry boat and made this song, which says something about a ferry boat and in the song, and I put in what my wife said, that I should have came here this morning but we have no time now and it’s getting late.
0:95-1:41 a wolf dance “Sakisatch”
1:41-1:76 a victory song sung by Mrs. Louis
1:85-2:75 a song Mr. Louis wants a record made of, "a nĭnkits” song
2:85-3:30 another "a nĭnkits” song that Fred Louis is recording for his cousin, who wants a record of it… Charlie “Chukrits” song.

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  • Box: Audio Recordings Reel to Reel Box 2