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The silent ones : out-takes

The item is a film reel of out-takes from 1957. They depict the 1957 expedition of the BC Provincial Museum and the University of British Columbia to Anthony Island in the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) to salvage Haida totem poles and other relics.

The silent ones

The item is a composite print of a documentary film from 1957. It depicts the expedition of the BC Provincial Museum and the University of British Columbia to Anthony Island in the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) to salvage Haida totem poles and other relics. Scenes at the abandoned villages of Ninstints, Tanu and Skedans.

John Williams interview

CALL NUMBER: T1186:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): John Williams recalls Haida history PERIOD COVERED: 1790-1967 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: John Williams speaks about Tanu, his ancestral home, the Haida, and stories about a man called "Gundels" -- the war chief of the Tanu Eagle clan (1840's). He continues with background information about the Haida people, war, trade, contact with the English, American and Spanish traders, peace, Gundels' raids on forts and his visions. John Williams discusses the coming of the missionaries, the Coqualeetza Residential School, the Haida move to Skidegate, the Coqualeetza education of village leaders including Peter Kelly, Albert Jones, Solomon Wilson, George Young, Mat Williams and other;s and their contributions. He talks about employment and services in Skidegate. TRACK 2: John Williams continues to speak about the Skidegate village, services and changes since 1937, employment and ;capital projects, community relations, funding and construction of the community centre, the relationship with the RCMP, and community acceptance.

CALL NUMBER: T1186:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Work for Haidas and family history of John Williams PERIOD COVERED: 1862-1969 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: John Williams speaks about Lewis Collinson, the hereditary Chief, employment in the fishing and logging industries, welfare, education, thoughts on the future decline in fishing and logging and the need for additional educational opportunities. TRACK 2: "Johnny" Williams recounts his family history, his grandparents, Methodist schooling, intermarriage, Skidegate village "one big family",; his own attempts to gain a high school education, school integration and his schooling in Skidegate and Coqualeetza.

CALL NUMBER: T1186:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Impressions of Indian situation in Canada, Queen Charlotte Islands PERIOD COVERED: 1932-1969 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: John Williams continues speaking about his time at the Coqualeetza school, his recovery from tuberculosis, continuing his education, his belief in the importance of education, the Native Brotherhood, Indian land claims, the background of the determination of Masset and other reserves on the Queen Charlotte Islands by Judge O'Reilly, and recollections about John Williams' father.

Betty and Neil Carey interview

CALL NUMBER: T1188:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Neil Carey's trip around the Queen Charlotte Islands (1955) PERIOD COVERED: 1880-1955 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Neil Carey talks about Haida villages and sites visited on his circumnavigation of the Queen Charlottes including: Skedans totems, Old Cumshewa, graves at Church Creek, Maude Island, Tanu, Anthony Island (Ninstints), the Tian village, Hotsprings Island, Kaisun, Graham Island, the sandy coastline, Cape St. James lighthouse, north island and Langara Island. TRACK 2: Neil Carey continues with recollections of the Queen Charlottes and the family trip from Anacortes to the Queen Charlottes, 1955. He describes a found carving on Bonilla Island, crossing Hecate Strait, Skidegate Narrows, Moresby Island, Tasu, their home at "Puffin Cove", locating supplies, Jedway, Rose Harbour, his two sons, George (12) and Gene (10), Graham Island and the trip from Masset to Prince Rupert.

CALL NUMBER: T1188:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Beachcombing with Neil and Betty Carey PERIOD COVERED: 1954-1955 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Betty Carey describes: "canoe paths", the Chaatl (T'saahl) Indian village, Anthony Island (Ninstints), beachcombing, Hosu Bay and bottle messages. Neil Carey continues with recollections about found beachcombing treasures and Betty talks about her impressions of the Pacific, "Spotters Cabins", a black sand beach and beachcombing.