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British Columbia Provincial Museum Totem poles--British Columbia
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Provincial Secretary correspondence on diverse topics

  • GR-1668
  • Series
  • 1872-1934

Miscellaneous correspondence inward and outward on diverse topics. Most of these records pertain to the 1920s and early 1930s. Included are files dealing with the exclusion of Orientals (1921), the preservation of Craigflower schoolhouse and other historic sites, acquisitions (of paintings and photographs) by the Archives department, removal of Indian totem poles, petitions protesting the dismissal of Judge Helen Gregory MacGill (1929), and the Bedaux Sub-Arctic Expedition (1934). Early files include a memorandum on the benefits of establishing a Treasury Board for the provincial government (1872) and a letter of introduction for John Blair, landscape architect (1896).

These records were originally a part of the Provincial Secretary's Central Registry, and so may be used in conjunction with GR-0496, GR-0526 and other collections of general subject files.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

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.

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.

Tim Paul interview

CALL NUMBER: T3126:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Native Indian artist (part 1) RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-09-23 SUMMARY: TRACKS 1 & 2: Tim Paul discusses his personal background and his experiences as a Native Indian artist, including his involvement with the carving program at the British Columbia Provincial Museum; types of masks, including portrait masks; other Indian artists and their work; the differences between Nootkan art and the art of the Haida, Kwakiutl, and other groups; Nootkan basketry; and the use of colour.

CALL NUMBER: T3126:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Native Indian artist (part 2) RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-09-26 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Tim Paul continues discussing the use of colour in Nootkan art; its use of angular forms; the figure of the sea serpent; changes in form and style in modern Nootkan art; the stories behind some artworks; print-making; other artists of the west coast of Vancouver Island; the survival of West Coast culture and language; the role of art in the culture; the return of the potlatch. TRACK 2: The suppression of the potlatch, and the confiscation of masks and other artworks by the RCMP; the difficulty of making a living as an Indian artist.