Item J-04205 - Field photograph of an unidentified Indigenous individual (adult, women) taken at a land-based portrait studio attributed to Richard Maynard.

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Field photograph of an unidentified Indigenous individual (adult, women) taken at a land-based portrait studio attributed to Richard Maynard.

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  • Attributions and conjectures: This photograph is attributed to Richard Maynard.

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  • 1873 (Creation)

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1 glass plate negative : b&w

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Field photograph attributed to Richard Maynard, part of a number of field portraits take at a land-based studio by Richard Maynard at one of the communities visited with I.W. Powell via the H.M.S. Boxer in 1873. It is a collodion glass plate negative (5 x 5 inches). The photograph consists of an unidentified Indigenous woman seated on a photographer’s negative box at a temporary outdoor photography studio. The temporary studio backdrop (blanket), temporary studio flooring (bare land), and temporary furniture (photographer’s wooden negative box) are in view. The sitter wears their hair long tied in [bunches around the centre], does not wear clothing on the top of their torso, has bare feet and a blanket wrapped around their waist. Both of their hands are situated on their legs, and the sitter’s gaze is directly facing the camera. They wear bracelets (two bands tied together) on one arm and tight bands around both their ankles. No surface design appears to be visible on either bracelets or bands. The photograph depicts one of the widest views of the series of land-based studio portraits revealing more of the village behind the temporary studio. [There appears to be canoes in the background], as well as the tree lined environment on one side are visible here.This negative does not appear to have been manipulated.

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The negative is missing emulsion near the top and bottom corners of the plate, resulting in a loss of the visual information on the plate in that region. There is also a paper label attached to the surface of the glass.

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Restriction: The format of this photograph J-04205 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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Photographic prints and research documentation regarding Indigenous studio portraits, 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 series of portraits taken at the land-based studio, see PN02094a, PN02094b, PN2095b, PN2210, PN02213 and PN02214 for cartes de visite and modern copy prints. Indigenous Collections also holds a group portrait featuring this sitter along with other community members photographed at what appears to be the community where the land-based studio was located. See PN10074. This same photograph is identified in the BC Archives holdings as HP075169/I-84372.

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The BC Archives Photograph Collection holds a group portrait featuring this sitter along with other community members photographed at the land-based studio featured in this image (see J-04191). See also HP075169/I-84372 for a different and related group portrait. The Maynard family collection (PR-1259) contains other negatives relating to this series of portraits taken at the land-based studio. See J-04202, J-04204, J-04206, J-04207 and J-04208 in MS-3378.

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During the H.M.S Boxer tour of 1873, there were several accounts reported by the colonial news media and government members of the H.M.S Boxer party of a visit to a small community of Indigenous people at Takush Harbour, near Cape Caution . The British Colonist reported in the June 18, 1873 article "Return of the H.M.S. Boxer from the North with the Superintendent of Indian Affairs" that the visit to the community near Takush Harbour, near Cape Caution was on June 9, 1873. A report for the 1873 H.M.S. Boxer tour by Indian Affairs official Israel Wood Powell included a list of 19 views sent to the Secretary of the State in 1873. The list included one image described as "No 16. Group of Qwoi-Sil-lahs at Cape Caution." Powell also reports a visit with the "Qwoi-sil-lahs" at the "[Qwoi]-sil-lahs Camp" and meeting two chiefs "[Mantzie]" or "[Maulzie]" and "[Lothkin]" or [Lolthkew]" after proceeding to Cape Caution and Takush Harbour.

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Accession number(s): 95-7328-3

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Location: 000343-1034

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This photograph was originally located in BC Archives and Records Service manuscript container identified as: "Maynard Coll. Box 7.10. Indians (Indians near Cape Caution and Metlaktla [12 plates]" and "#89"

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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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