Item J-04220 - Field photograph (stereograph) of a group of seven unidentified Indigenous individuals (youth and adults) on board the H.M.S Boxer attributed to Richard Maynard.

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Field photograph (stereograph) of a group of seven unidentified Indigenous individuals (youth and adults) on board the H.M.S Boxer 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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  • 1874 (Creation)

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1 glass plate negative : b&w

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Field photograph (stereograph) attributed to Richard Maynard, part of several field photographs taken by Richard Maynard during a government tour of inspection of Indigenous communities on Vancouver Island and the B.C. Mainland with I.W. Powell via the H.M.S. Boxer in September 1874. The photograph consists of a group of seven unidentified Indigenous individuals (youth and adults) on board the H.M.S Boxer. It is one of two images of the same group of people taken at this location. It is a collodion glass plate negative (4.5 x 7.25 inches). The ship's deck, Indigenous and non-Indigenous passengers, as well as the coastal landscape are in view. Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals (likely H.M.S. Boxer crew members) are visible in the background. The text on the wheel of the vessel states: "Deeds Not Words."

Indigenous individuals (youth and adults) in this photograph wear American/European clothes. A pile of blankets is situated on top of the cabinet to the side of the main group. All of Indigenous youth and adults wear their hair short (above the ears or shoulder length). Several of the adult sitters wear metal facial adornments in their ears and noises, including septum rings. One of the central figures (adult) wears a three piece suit, and one other individual wears a bow tie. The person without the suit but wearing a tie also wears a band around their ankle. Another one of the central figures in this image, the individual (adult) who holds their hand on the shoulder of the person in the suit, wears a thigh length tunic and a belt made of fabric, several strands of a beaded necklace made of light coloured circular beads, a metal septum ring in their nose and earrings in both ears. Three other individuals wear headbands made of fabric or wear a woven hat. Designs for adornments nor head wear are not visible in this photograph. This group of people are directly facing and looking at the camera. All wear bare feet.

The photograph is slightly blurred in some regions. This negative has been manipulated (i.e. a newspaper caption has been inserted into the emulsion on one side of the stereo image, as well as a touch-up hiding some of the visual information on one edge of the same stereo image).

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The negative is missing emulsion in the region where a caption exists on one side of the stereo photograph. There is also a paper label attached to the surface of the glass.These conditions result in a minor loss of the visual information on the plate in those regions.

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Restriction: The format of this photograph J-04220 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 field photographs taken during the 1873 and 1874 government tours on the H.M.S Boxer 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 this photograph, see PN10503. Please contact the Indigenous Collections and Repatriation department to determine the access status of these records.

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For another photograph of the same group of people taken at this location, see J-04221, available in this series (MS-3378). This photograph depicts the visiting Indigenous party wearing blankets that obscures their American/European clothes.

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During the H.M.S Boxer tour of 1874, there were several accounts reported by the colonial news media of on board visitors to the H.M.S. Boxer. The British Colonist reported in the September 19, 1874 article “The Cruise of the Boxer” of several instances on the tour 1874. This included during a stop on September 7 at Green Cove to visit several Nuu-chah-nulth nations of the southern region, reported in the media as the “Ohiet” (Huu-ay-aht) and “Owchucklisaht”. Another instance was reported in the news occurring at a stop on September 8th at “Hecate passage north of Vargas Island” in Clayoquot Sound to visit several Nuu-chah-nulth nations of the central region, reported as the “Ahousahts” (Ahousaht) and the “Klahookwahts” (Tla—o-qui-aht). Several members of the Nuu-chah-nulth nations of the northern region, reported in the media as the “Ehahtisaht” (Ehattesaht) and the “Noochatlaht” (Nuchatlaht) were reported to have visited onboard on September 11 at “Queen's Cove”. Finally on September 13 at “Shushartie Bay” the “Nawitee” people were reported to have come on board. Photographer Richard Maynard recorded in his notebook of taking two stereos of “Indians on Board” on September 7 at Green Cove.

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Accession number(s): 95-7328-3

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Archives Code(s): HP034363

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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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A caption has been inserted in the emulsion on one side of the stereo image. It includes the following text: "Indians at Barclay Sound, V.I."

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This photograph has the numbers "138" and "No.5" and "5" etched into the surface of the plate.

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