Coast Salish



Scope note(s)

Source note(s)

  • Xwi7xwa Names for BC First Nations

Display note(s)

Hierarchical terms

Coast Salish

Equivalent terms

Coast Salish

  • UF Coast Salish Indians
  • UF Salish Indians
  • UF Salishan Indians

238 Archival description results for Coast Salish

16 results directly related Exclude narrower terms

Cowichan petition

Item consists of a petition to authorities in London prepared for Cowichan Tribe regarding Cowichan possession of their land. The petition cites and quotes at length the royal proclamation of King George III of 1763 recognizing title to the land. The petition was likely prepared by Arthur O'Meara and Charles Tate.

Department of Anthropology records

  • GR-3662
  • Series
  • 1909-1975; predominant 1950-1968

The series consists of operational records of the Department of Anthropology at the British Columbia Provincial Museum and it's predecessor, the Provincial Museum of Natural History and Anthropology. The records are often referred to as the Wilson Duff Papers, as a significant portion of the series consists of original research notes made by Duff, curator of Anthropology at the museum from 1980-1965, in the course of his work with Indigenous communities in British Columbia. Some field notes of other museum anthropologists are also included, as well as correspondence, subject files, and records relating to totem poles in British Columbia.

Staff of the Department of Anthropology conducted research work documenting the history, culture, and languages of Indigenous communities in British Columbia. Records include field notes, maps, transcripts of interviews, correspondence, subject files, and copies of published and unpublished works.

The series has been arranged into the following five sub-series:

A: Wilson Duff research notes
B: Administrative records and correspondence
C: Totem poles 1950-1975
D: Subject files 1945-1968
E: Ethnology field notes

British Columbia Provincial Museum

Diary of William Sinclair III

The item consists of one day book belonging to William Sinclair III, an employee of the Hudson's Bay Company and stationed at Bella Coola post. The day book itself is dated 1874, however Sinclair used it between 1878-1879 and re-wrote the dates for each entry. The day book is a private diary kept by Sinclair and not an HBC corporate record, however it documents the business activities of Bella Coola Post.

The final pages include a draft letter to I.W. Powell, Superintendent of Indian Affairs for British Columbia, on behalf of the local chief (not named). The draft letter expresses dissatisfaction on behalf of the local Indigenous people regarding broken promises. Also included among the final pages of the diary are recipes for pies and plum pudding, instructions for tanning hides, a list of British Navy vessels, and a rough translation dictionary of common words and phrases in English and an unidentified Indigenous language (possibly Nuxalk).

The diary accounts from Sinclair's nine day journey from Victoria to Bella Coola and his daily activities upon arriving at the post. There is a brief entry for each day, which sometimes consists only of an update on the weather whereas other days have more lengthy descriptions of activities. The diary includes descriptions of interactions with local Indigenous populations

Dr. Rudi Haering interview

CALL NUMBER: T3149:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): The obsidian trail : [tape 1] RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Rudi Haering tells how he became involved in exploring the trade route along Alexander Mackenzie's trail through BC, and looking for the source of a form of obsidian used in trade among native people; X-ray techniques in archaeology; trade routes; how the three scholars (i.e., Haering, Carlson, and Nelson) got together to find the source of the mysterious obsidian; findings; problems along the trail. TRACK 2: Finding the trail from Mackenzie Pass to the Bella Coola Valley; trip from the Blackwater Ranch to Mackenzie Pass through Kluskus and Ulkatcho; Burnt Bridge Creek; canoeing down the Bella Coola River with natives; Indian story about Mackenzie.

CALL NUMBER: T3149:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): The obsidian trail : [tape 2] RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Retracing Mackenzie's route from Blackwater Ranch on horseback and wagon; campsites; wildlife; artifacts; local ranches; more on campsites; Kluskoil Lake. TRACK 2: Pan Phillips' ranch; looking for obsidian in Ulkatcho mountains; more about Kluskus; other travellers; trail from Eliguk Lake to Ulkatcho; Mackenzie's accomplishment; visit to Mackenzie's rock; Saugstad house at Hagensborg.

Ed Sparrow interview : [Orchard, 1969]

CALL NUMBER: T1340:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969-03-24 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Ed Sparrow recounts the history of the Musqueam people including the Musqueam reserve; sites of occupation for the Musqueam people and the meaning of the Musqueam name. He continues about t;he Squamish and Capilano peoples; Indian bands in the area; intermarriage between the tribes; Kitsilano band; the arrival of Captain Vancouver; Tsimilaho; Simon Fraser; Hudson's Bay Company and missionaries. TRACK 2: Ed Sparrow recalls the first mass held in the area; early missionaries and the first church in 1902. He describes Indian religion and culture; ceremonies; dances in 1900 and potlatches. He continues with post-contact subjects: Indian life in the 1890s and 1900s; fishing; canneries in the area; farming; cattle; encroachment by the white man and the city.;

CALL NUMBER: T1340:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969-03-24 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Ed Sparrow comments on Indian-White relations; traditional hunting areas; Indian-Chinese relations; a dispute with Vancouver over taxation and services; the Shaughnessy Golf Course; education; for Indians and the Methodist Indian school at Sardis. He talks about public schools today; the Block Brothers real estate development; future development for the Musqueam reserve; real estate; relations with the city and taxation problems. [TRACK 2: blank.]


Item consists of a stereo photograph of an Indigenous camp, possibly Songhees. The photograph is very similar or identical to G-02608.

George Draney interview : [Brower, 1983]

CALL NUMBER: T4130:0001 RECORDED: Bella Coola (B.C.), 1983-09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: The "grease trail"; other means of transport; Indian fishing. TRACK 2: History of the Draney family; cannery operations; the Draneys in Bella Coola.;

CALL NUMBER: T4130:0002 RECORDED: Bella Coola (B.C.), 1983-09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Early life in Bella Coola; history of logging on the central coast of B.C. TRACK 2: Logging on the central coast; early Bella Coola.;

CALL NUMBER: T4130:0003 RECORDED: Bella Coola (B.C.), 1983-09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Indians in Bella Coola; building the road; environmental impact of logging. TRACK 2: Fisheries problems; work ethic; miscellaneous.;

Helk'eminen st'iwi7elh : Indian prayers of Southeast Vancouver Island

The item consists of two audio cassettes recorded by David L. Rozen in Duncan, B.C. The first, recorded in 1977, was to accompany the publication "Indian Prayers of Southeast Vancouver island". The pronunciation of words in the Cowichan and Saanich dialects of the Salishan language family. The recording includes the prayers and songs of the Catholic Indian Mass, spoken and sung by Abel Joe of Duncan, B.C.

The second, called Indian prayers: additions was recorded in Duncan in 1982 and contains additions to Helk'eminen st'iwi7elh.

Heritage conservation reports

The series consists of unpublished reports and submissions relating to history, heritage conservation funding and urban planning in British Columbia.

Turner, Allan Reaman

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