Item J-04223 - Field photograph (stereograph) of a group photograph of five Indigenous individuals (adults) and eight of the H.M.S. Boxer party (adult) at a community village site on Vancouver Island attributed to Richard Maynard

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Field photograph (stereograph) of a group photograph of five Indigenous individuals (adults) and eight of the H.M.S. Boxer party (adult) at a community village site on Vancouver Island attributed to Richard Maynard

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the subject of the photograph.
  • Attributions and conjectures: This photograph is attributed to Richard Maynard.

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J-04223

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  • 1874 (Creation)

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1 glass plate negative : b&w

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(1832-1907)

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Field photograph (stereograph) attributed to Richard Maynard, part of a number of field portraits taken of a community village/settlement site by Richard Maynard during a government tour of inspection of Indigenous communities on Vancouver Island with I.W. Powell via the H.M.S. Boxer in 1874. Field photograph consists of a group photograph of five Indigenous individuals (adults) and eight of the H.M.S. Boxer party (adult) posed in a canoe at a community village site on Vancouver Island. It is a collodion glass plate negative (4.5 x 7.25 inches). Several buildings with wooden racks on top, inside or behind are depicted in this image. The are visible items hung from the wooden racks inside the building behind the Indigenous group. This negative does not appear to have been manipulated.

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The negative is missing emulsion (gap) on one side of the stereo photograph at bottom of image. There is also a paper label attached to the surface of the glass. These conditions result in a loss of the visual information on the plate in those regions.

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Restriction: The format of this photograph J-04223 is a glass plate negative. Researchers should consult the online reference image or reference room copy prior to consulting the original. Please contact the BC Archives for details.

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This item is in the public domain.

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Associated Materials:
Photographic prints and research documentation regarding Indigenous field photographs, are available at the Royal British Columbia Museum’s Indigenous Collections and Repatriation department. These are housed in the Indigenous audio-visual photographic collections. For examples of photographic prints relating to this group of images taken at this community village/settlement depicting the site, group photographs of Indigenous individuals and members of the H.M.S. Boxer party, and views of the H.M.S. Boxer anchored in the harbour on Vancouver Island, see PN010580, PN04644, PN01171, PN4927.

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The BC Archives Photograph Collection holds a group portrait featuring Indigenous individuals (infants, youth, adults) and members of the H.M.S. Boxer and I.W. Powell party photographed potentially at this community village/settlement, see HP054721. For another group photograph (Indigenous individuals and H.M.S. Boxer party) similar to J-04223, see HP007954 also in the BC Archives Photograph Collection.

The Maynard family collection (PR-1259) contains other negatives relating to this group of images taken at this community village/settlement depicting the site, group photographs of Indigenous individuals and members of the H.M.S. Boxer party and views of the H.M.S. Boxer anchored in the harbour on Vancouver Island, see J-04223, J-04224, J-04214 and J-04209 in MS-3378.

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Accession number(s): 95-7328-3

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Location: 000343-1035

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This photograph was originally located in BC Archives and Records Service manuscript container identified as: "Maynard Coll. Box 7.16. West Coast Indians [Barkley & Nootka Sound] [Voyage HMS Boxer, Sept 1874] 19 plates" and "#93."

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There is a [Provincial Library] label attached to the surface of the glass. The label does not contain any information.

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During the H.M.S Boxer tour of 1874, there were several accounts reported by the colonial news media and members of the H.M.S Boxer party of a visit to the Nuu-chah-nulth region and a community near Friendly Cove in the Nootka Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The British Colonist reported in the September 19, 1874 article “The Cruise of the Boxer” that the H.M.S. Boxer party arrived and stayed at "Friendly Cove" between September 10 and 11, 1874. The article noted that Friendly Cove was home to the “Movitchahts, known as the Nootkahs,”that the community had a large “ranch” and that many residents were absent, away fishing. No activity from the I.W. Powell party was mentioned but the article notes the presence of passengers “Bishop Seghers and Father Brabant” during this stop on the tour. Photographer Richard Maynard recorded the following in his notebook regarding taking photographs at “Nootka Sound”: “...arrived at Nootka Sound at 10. Saw 13. 14, 15, 16 Indian ranche at Nookta Sound 17-Naked Indians at Nookta Sound 18 H.M.S. ship “Boxer” in Nootka Sound 19 Landscape of Nookta Sound 20 Large of Indians, N Sound 21 Indian Camp, N. Sound Large 22 HMS. “Boxer” in Nootka Sound Large. Captain Cook visited this place in March 1778. Left Nookta Sound Friday 11 Sept..” Superintendent Powell documented the following in his report about the stop to the “Indian Office” dated October 29, 1874: “arrived at friendly Cove Nootka, the house of the Moo-cha-ahts on the 10th at noon.” Powell reports to have been greeted with the “salutation” “Wan-kash-wan-kash,” meeting the “successor” of Chief “Maquinna” and photographing “points of interest about [the] historic camp and inquiring into the general character and wants of its inhabitants.”

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This photograph has the numbers "10" and "90" etched into the surface of the plate.

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