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Gordon and Louanne Houston fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1985 - 1987

During their time living in Bella Bella, the Houstons took many photographs of the lives of the Heiltsuk First Nation community documenting the day-to-day lives of the Heiltsuk First Nation as well as ceremonial activities. The color slides document the construction, painting, and launching of the Gi’wa, a Heiltsuk canoe which sailed with the Lootaas, the Haida canoe built by Bill Reid for Expo 86. Some of the slides document the welcome feast at Bella Bella in honor of the Haida crew of the Lootaas. The color slides also document several potlatches and wedding feasts held in the community hall, and the local Sports Day parade. Slides also depict the role of the fishing in the community, such as smoking salmon and processing roe. Other photos document gravestones on a nearby cemetery island, derelict canneries, petroglyphs and pictographs, totem poles and house posts, all in or near Bella Bella.

Houston (family)

Thomas and Mildred Laurie collection

  • Collection
  • 1940-2003 [predominantly 1940-1972]

The collection includes material relating to Alert Bay that was created or collected by Thomas and Mildred Laurie, as well as photographs and textual records created or received by James Barclay Williams, who bequeathed the records to Mildred Laurie. The collection includes a photo album, photographs, postcards, correspondence, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and a calendar. Photographs document Alert Bay and the surrounding area, including the B.C. Packers store, Christ Church, the native cemetery, St. Michael’s Residential School and Preventorium, Canada Packers, Hardy Bay, totem poles, a long house, and the Nimpkish Hotel. Photographs also document local events, including potlatches, weddings, an outdoor salmon barbeque, BC centenary celebrations in 1958, native ceremonies, and a visit by the Governor General.

The material is arranged in the following files:

1.1 - James Barclay Williams – Correspondence and press clippings, 1968-1972
1.2 - James Barclay Williams – Photographs, [1908?]-1967
1.3 - Mildred Laurie - Photo album photographs, [194-]-1974
1.4 - Mildred Laurie – Photographs and postcards, [194-]-[199-]
1.5 - Slides and negatives, 1952-1972
1.6 - Pamphlets, ephemera, and press clippings, 1947-2003
2.1 - James Barclay Williams – Photo album, 1940-1941

Nadia Abu-Zahra fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1966 - 1972

The fonds consists of 26 colour slides, including images of ceremonies and traditions related to weddings and male circumcision in Tunisia, and also of scenery and people in Algeria.

Abu-Zahra, Nadia

Genni Hennessy fonds

  • Fonds
  • 2002 - 2003

The fonds consists of records relating to Hennessy’s 2003 MA thesis titled The Spirit of Collaboration: Exploring Critical Pedagogical Principles in Transforming the Museum Through Space and Time. Hennessy was interested in the relationships that developed between community members and museum staff during the process of putting together the Museum of Anthropology’s exhibit The Spirit of Islam, which ran from October 2001 to May 2002. Her purpose was to document the kinds of collaborative processes that occurred as the exhibit planning progressed in order to identify a model from which other museums working with communities might benefit.

Hennessy, Genni

Dan Jorgensen fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1974 - 1975

Fonds consists of 83 photographs taken between 1974 and 75 when Dan Jorgensen was in Papua New Guinea to study the Telefolmin people. The images have been mounted on card and are labeled with place and title. Most of them were assigned a number and letter by Dr. Jorgensen. On the verso of the card, Dr. Jorgensen has detailed what is happening in the image.

The material is grouped according to a letter designation which Dr. Jorgensen had assigned. The assistant archivist has assigned a DJ and number to those images that Dr. Jorgensen had not numbered.

D :
1 Daduvip boy
2 village children
3 Daduvip children
4 Foiwalmin boy
5 three young girls
6 3 Telefomin girls
7 Daduvip children
8 women and children
9 women in mourning
10 women and children
11 gov’t headsman
12 Daduvip woman [Mislabeled. This is a portrait of Robinokof, a young man, of Dividuvip hamlet.]
13 father and son
14 Faiwolmin hunter
15 decorated feather bag
16 spirit house
15 Faiwolmin man
17 imitation headdress [initiation?]
19 two men in dance regalia
20 traditional dress
21 dancing costume
22 Telefolmin men

F :
1 prized taro plant
2 new taro garden
4 man and his gear
5 mother and child
6 pandanus fruit
7 preparing food
8 cooking fruit
9 placing cooking stones
10 cooking fruit parcels
11 food for feast
12 singeing pig
12 cooking for feast
13 & c. 2 small feast
14 cooking for feast
15 Daduvip women
16 pig-kill
17 binding pig for sacrifice
18 killing pig
19 kill pig
20 pig dispatched
21 singeing pig
23 butchering a pig

H :
1 & c. 2 ancestral village
2 Telfolip village
3 house building
4 house building
5 house building
6 house building
7 & c. 2 old Daduvip woman
8 spirit house
9 spirit house
10 the Yolan-ritual house
11 men’s compound
12 Kobelman
13 menstrual & childbirth hut
15 ethnographer’s house

[DJ] :
1 curing ceremony
2 plating ritual
3 ceremonial planting
4 curer & patient
5 fighting demonstration
6 fighting demonstration
7 fighting shield
8 fight demonstration
9 healing ritual
10 healing ritual
11 healing rituals
12 sacred netbag
13 child prophet NOTE: Consultation of photographer necessary before public display of this image
14 dancers
15 clay sculptures
16 Ifitamin valley
17 slow cooking technique
18 preparing a fire
19 ceremony
20 curing ritual
21 food for feast
22 (H 14 F 3) old garden house

Jorgensen, Dan

Ronnie Tessler fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1986 - 1987

The fonds consists of photographs created by Ronnie Tessler from 1986 to 1987 documenting a canoe project by the Nisga’a carver Norman Tait. The project was abandoned in the summer of 1987, and the canoe was left uncompleted. The photographs depict models for the canoe, transportation of the log for the canoe to the Museum of Anthropology, ceremonies performed throughout the project, and various stages of work on the canoe and model. Additional photographs from the same period depict a totem pole raising at Capilano Mall in North Vancouver and portraits of Les Baker, a model Tait wanted to use for a “white man” mask.

Tessler, Ronnie

Jim and Mary Prime fonds

  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1928]

Fonds consists of photographic negatives from the early twentieth century showing people in the South Pacific, probably Hawaii or Samoa, in their traditional dress.

Prime family

Deborah Taylor fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1969 - 1972

The fonds consists of records relating to African culture and craftsmanship. It includes photographs and slides of Ivory Coast and Nigerian crafts and cultural events, correspondence, research notes about African handicrafts, typed anthropological portraits of craftspeople and related drawings, postcards and magazine clippings.

Taylor, Deborah

Blanca and Ricardo Muratorio fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1970 - 1990

The fonds consist of slides taken by Blanca and Ricardo Muratorio relating to fieldwork, folk arts and crafts of Ecuador and Peru taken by Blanca and Ricardo Muratorio. The color photographs relate to the Corpus Christi [Ecuador] fiesta and dancers and the 1998 exhibit at the UBC Museum of Anthropology of works for sale by Andean artists, “Images of Andean Lives.”

Textual records consist of Ricardo Moratorio’s report on folk art, and materials relating to two exhibitions which took place at the Museum of Anthropology: the poster and Spanish text for “Images of Andean Lives” [1998] and an invitation for “Sewing Dissent: Patterns of Resistance in Chile” [1987].

Muratorio family