Item J-04213 - Field photograph (stereograph) of an unidentified Indigenous individual on board the H.M.S Boxer attributed to Richard Maynard.

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Field photograph (stereograph) of an unidentified Indigenous individual 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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  • 1873 (Creation)

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1 glass plate negative : b&w

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Field photograph (stereograph) attributed to Richard Maynard, part of a number of 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 1873. The photograph consists of an Indigenous individual standing on board the vessel the H.M.S. Boxer. The individual wears a naval officer's coat, a button blanket, a woven hat and holds a presentation staff. The graphic design on the woven hat is slightly visible, as is the design on the presentation staff. [The sitter is likely a Kwakwaka’wakw Chief from Tsaxis (Fort Rupert) or possibly "Chief Wakash/Chief Wawkash"]. It is a collodion glass plate negative (5x 7.5 inches). Non-Indigenous individuals (perhaps H.M.S. Boxer crew members or government officials of I.W. Powell's party) are visible in the background, along with a view of the vessel's main deck. One of the image depicts a wider view, revealing a second person (in bare feet) to the side of the subject of the photograph. This photograph does not appear to have been manipulated.

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

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The format of this photograph J-04213 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 person, see PN02209-a for modern copy prints of this portrait. For an alternative field photograph depicting this person onboard the H.M.S. Boxer, see PN02209-b.

The Royal BC Museum’s Human History collection holds several examples of presentation staffs (“staff of authority”) in their collections. One item (2009.26.1) includes the following engraving: “Chief of the [Nacaontloon] Indians" or “Chief of the [Macaontloon] Indians.” Please contact the Human History department to determine the access status of these items. See collection items 972.214.1 and 2009.26.1.

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The Maynard family collection (PR-1259) also contains other Maynard photographs featuring this individual, including studio portraits. For an example, see J-04854 in MS-3374.

The Maynard family collection (PR-1259) also contains other photographs attributed to the Maynards featuring a staff similar to the one held by the individual in this image. For studio portraits, see J-04854 in MS-3374. In this series, see J-04170.

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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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The British Colombian on May 26th and June 1, 1865 described the use of staffs as gifts given to Indigenous leaders who rendered good service in the eyes of the colonial government. The staffs were considered "an emblem of authority."

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This photograph has the number "189" etched into the surface of the plate.

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