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