Item SD0016:0001 - Bella Coola songs

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Bella Coola songs

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recorded by Mildred Valley Thornton

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  • [ca. 1953] (Creation)

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1 audio disc : 33 1/3 rpm, mono ; 25.5 cm

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The item consists of an audio disc (sound disc) of Bella Coola songs recorded by Mildred Valley Thornton around 1953.
Disc summary: taken from Thornton's typed notes in accession file.
Side 1:

  1. Bella Coola mourning song sung by Pat Schooner and chorus, had been their song for countless generations. It is the story of the raven.
  2. Alex Pootlass mourning song, a story of long ago, sung for his father Chief Sam Pootlass when he passed away.
  3. A Potlatch song, also a dance song for a chief.
  4. This is Alex Pootlass song, used to belong to his father, Sam Pootlass, no words, just a tune.

Side 2:

  1. Alex Pootlass song (continued).
  2. This is the song that Mrs. Dick Snow danced to at the Mask dance. Had to do with people guessing what she is thinking about.
  3. This is not a Chief's song but similar to it and of a lower class.
  4. A Chief's song.
    The last two songs belonged to the Susack Society.

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This disc was also copied on an audio reel by Thornton, see T2684:0001.
A half track master on audio reel was made by the Archives in 1988.
A reference cassette copy is available, request SD0016:0001.
A digital copy was made in 2018, see T2684:0001.

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Copying Restriction: Copies may only be made for, or with the permission of, the First Nations groups or individuals heard on the specific recording.
Copyright Status: Copyright not transferred to BC Archives by the donor.

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Accession number(s): SD0016

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Previously known as AAAC0738.

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performer: Mrs. Dick Snow, performer: Alex Pootlass, performer: Pat Schooner, sound recording: Mildred Valley (Stinson) Thornton

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