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B.W. Leeson fonds

  • CA VPL 13901-14221
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1900-1920]

The fonds consists of photographs of Quatsino, B.C., depicting panoramas, fishing, ships, native Indians, and logging.

Leeson, B.W.

Harry Guillod fonds : 1890-1898

  • Fonds
  • [Photocopied 198-?]

The fonds consists of a journal with diary entries and correspondence relating to his activities as West Coast Indian Agent.

Guillod, Harry

U'mista Cultural Centre audio tape collection

  • Fonds
  • 1950-1995

The collection consists of sound recordings of Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwagiulth) songs, oral histories of Kwakwaka'wakw peoples (primarily at Alert Bay), and interviews relating to ethnobotany in the northern Vancouver Island area and to the Kwakwaka'wakw language.

U'mista Cultural Centre photograph collection

  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1890-1974]

The collection consists of photographs depicting Kwakwaka'wakw people in Alert Bay and on Vancouver Island from Fort Rupert in the north to Comox in the south. Collection includes photographs of individuals, families, village scenes, community activities, industry (primarily fishing), and of students at St. Michael's Residential School at Alert Bay.

U'mista Cultural Centre video tape collection

  • Fonds
  • 1974-1995

The collection consists of video tapes depicting aspects of the lives of Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwagiulth) peoples on Vancouver Island from Fort Rupert in the north to Comox in the south. Videotapes document community events, cultural activities (including potlatches), and origin myths of Kwakwaka'wakw villages and include interviews pertaining to family histories.

Harlan Smith collection

  • Collection
  • 1919 - 1925, 1999

Collection consists of photographic prints and text labels used in the “Emergence from the Shadow: First Peoples’ Photographic Perspective” exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, from October 22, 1999 to January 6, 2002. The images depict several different First Nations groups including Haida, Kimsquit, Bella Coola, Ulkatcho-Carrier, Chilcotin, Assiniboine, and Gitksan. The label text incorporates information which Harlan Smith, the photographer, recorded at the time of creation. Labels gives name and age (if known) of the sitters as well as their lineage, employment, and style of dress.