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Agnes Mathers interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Agnes Mathers recounts her parents arrival in Skidegate and early Skidegate. She talks about the community, the family farm at Sandspit, other residents, community life, school picnics -- 24th May, 3rd June, 1st July, activities, family life, school, her teaching career, communication, early residents, the airstrip development and changes in Sandspit. TRACK 2: Miss Mathers continues wit;h comments about the expansion of Sandspit, logging camps, the transient nature of residents, local schools, transportation, mail trip with uncle at age 14, her job as Postmaster, plank roads, Indian ;residents of the community, islands and the outside world.

Agnes Russ : [song]

RECORDED: Skidegate (B.C.), [1962-09-10?] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: On this [master] tape, Agnes Russ can be heard singing a Haida song.

Agnes Russ and Grace Stephens interview : [Fortune, 196-?]

RECORDED: Skidegate (B.C.), [196-?] SUMMARY: TRACK 2: In a [filmed] interview with Bob Fortune, Grace Stephens translates for her mother, Agnes Russ. Mrs. Russ speaks about Haida slavery, her longevity, the Queen Charlotte Island villages, the duties of slaves, present-day Skidegate, the smallpox epidemic, her girlhood, the family house, cooking and storage of food, potlatches, and argillite carvings.

Agnes Russ and Grace Stephens interview : [Orchard, 1962]

CALL NUMBER: T1150:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Early days of Queen Charlottes (mostly Skidegate) 1849-1910 by Grace Stephens and Agnes Russ RECORDED: Skidegate (B.C.), 1962-09-10 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In these interviews, Grace Stephens translates and speaks for her mother, Agnes Russ. Grace Stephens describes the early life of her mother. Agnes Russ's father was an American (Hubbs) who ma;rried the Chief's daughter, she was raised by her grandparents in Masset (1859), attended Thomas Crosby's Girls' Home, married and returned to Skidegate interpreting for the first Methodist Missionary;. Grace Stephens grew up in Skidegate, married and farmed in Sandspit. She talks about early settlers, the missionaries, schooling, Skidegate and Masset villages, the destruction of totem poles, Bill ;Reid, the visit of Emily Carr, her childhood, the village at Kloo and Gold Harbour, her father (Amos Russ), details about the construction of canoes, the canoe ceremonies and travel to Port Essington.; TRACK 2: Grace Stephens speaks about the Anglican missionaries on the northern and the Methodists on the southern part of the Queen Charlotte Islands, the Tennant family and the dogfish oil refinery; (1880's), Haida hereditary chiefs, land ownership and an elected council. [a long pause in the tape] Grace Stephens translates for her mother, Agnes Russ, who is speaking in Haida. Mrs. Russ speaks a;bout the Haida people's respect for one another and their code of behavior, early memories of Masset, life in her grandfather's house, slaves, a recollection of a total eclipse of the sun, her family';s land ownership, and the Haida stories of the flood.

CALL NUMBER: T1150:0002 track 1 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Early days of Queen Charlottes (mostly Skidegate) 1849-1910 by Grace Stephens and Agnes Russ RECORDED: Skidegate (B.C.), 1962-09-10 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Grace Stephens continues to translate for Agnes Russ. Some of Agnes's family have gone to Alaska and the southern end of the island. She speaks about her marriage, her husband's slaves, and ;the Haida potlatch, and she sings one of her grandfather's songs. [See also AAAB1277.] Agnes Russ speaks about trade, her longevity, Rev. Duncan and Rev. Crosby, the Methodist mission in Masset, Mark MacGregor, Mr. Freeman, Captain Oliver, Bishop Ridley, Rev. William Duncan, and Port Simpson. She recalls the visit of Judge O'Reilly coming to survey the reserves, the amalgamation of other villages ;at the Skidegate reserve, the effects of World War One, and wildlife on the island. [TRACK 2 is a separate interview done by Bob Fortune; see AAAB1276.]

Arthur Mayse interview

CALL NUMBER: T4133:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1984-03-28 & 30 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Birth at Peguis Reserve, Manitoba; early memories of Swampy Cree people at Peguis Reserve; memories of father, Reverend A.W. [Amos William] Mayse; father's tales of the Boer War; fraternizing with the enemy; father emigrated to Canada; worked as a carpenter, became minister; father was in WWI; war wounds; was in Boer prison camp; earlier release by Jan Smuts; YMCA rep in WWI; back to Winnipeg; refused commission in Black and Tans; rural ministry in Manitoba; took salary partly in trade and had first pick of charity clothes; Mr. Mayse hated school; his father was self-taught and had a good library; read everything, including religious material; moved to British Columbia. [TRACK 2: blank.]

CALL NUMBER: T4133:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1984-03-28 & 30 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Living in [Port] Hammond BC; first work experience; father's church in Nanaimo; primitive conditions in the coal mines; clothing and equipment of miners; many beer parlours in Nanaimo; father's popularity; favorite fishing spots; anecdote of hazardous fishing trip; Turner rowboats prized; commercial fishing; early commercial fishing methods and boats; memories of Sointula fishermen; Sointula pukka fighting; Nanaimo miners fished for trout, not salmon; early trout fishing equipment; social consciousness; father never was a union miner; lied to get into army; South Africa; Reverend Mayse went underground in Nanaimo mine accidents; panic in town; miners invited Reverend Mayse underground, managers didn't argue; dynamite misadventure. TRACK 2: Continuation of dynamite misadventure with Rev. Mayse; vegetable garden; powder bosses; Reverend Mayse destroyed cars; pit ponies on islands; Italian miners; soccer important in Nanaimo; library; Millstream Park; rugby versus soccer; holidays with father; Chinese persecuted in Nanaimo; Chinese accused of taking jobs; few Chinese women or children; fight between Chinese and Haida boys; Chinese cooks; idyllic but racist town; Mr. Mayse and friends made a water cannon to frighten Chinese; backfire; collecting cascara bark for money; cruel pranks; fights with air guns and crossbows made from umbrellas; good shot with slingshot; gangs racially mixed; miners lived in southern Nanaimo; some of the cottages still there [as of 1984].

CALL NUMBER: T4133:0003 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1984-03-28 & 30 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Nanaimo childhood; Guy Fawkes day was celebrated as Bonfire night; Hallowe'en destructive; Nanaimo's tamale wagon; miners' children; fishing and writing at Cowichan Bay; Reverend Mayse sided with the workers; holidays at Cowichan Bay; acquiring a dugout canoe; shaman procured canoe by threats; Indian fishing methods; most gear was cedar; old style Cowichan sweaters described; Padre Cook of Cowichan; Queen Victoria medal; John Page and the medal; shaman had grape arbor and soul box; healing and hurting with soul box; rite of boys purification among Cowichans; Wolf Song was stolen from the Haida after the Battle of Sansum Narrows circa 1820 to 1840. Haida blamed for other raids; Haida slaughters and weapons used. Reverend Mayse left Mr. Mayse to his own way on holidays. TRACK 2: 38; pound salmon won prize; Bruce McKelvie; first sale of fiction; principal angry but kept on; Oyster River with Reverend Mayse; memories of old-timer James McIvor; washed ashore from sloop; McIvor ran cattle; threatened loggers; tea with McIvor; McIvor's customs; McIvor angry when offered help; McIvor's nephew visited briefly; tried to buy wife; McIvor fishing with haywire; hated cities; died in Comox in 1940's. Walter Woodiss, Oyster River old-timer, storyteller; tall tale of salmon; Woodiss's feud with a black bear and accidental killing of same; Woodiss's Inn; Percy Elsie "mayor of Oyster River"; fried chicken known as fried seagull; ghost at Comox; WWII airman at Comox rode his bicycle through "Dancing Annie".

CALL NUMBER: T4133:0004 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1984-03-28 & 30 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Indian rancherees; shaman Cultus Tommy; Chinook trade jargon terms; Padre Cook well loved; friend at Cumberland; stories of Ginger Goodwin; Cumberland memories of Ginger Goodwin and hostility to trial and government; Dominion police were hated, man hunters; no shame in evading the draft; met Cougar (Cecil) Smith; Mr. Mayse now lives in Cougar Smith's house; Cougar Smith's peculiarities; Roderick Haig-Brown, great Canadian writer; friendship with Haig-Brown; dam on the Campbell River broke his heart; last meeting with Haig-Brown; last impressions; better known outside Canada; Haig-Brown a fine and pioneering fisherman; fished steelhead. Mr. Mayse disliked high school; paid for clothing with poetry prize won at UBC three years in a row. TRACK 2: Mr. Mayse paid UBC tuition by logging in the summer under a false name; BC loggers and equipment; railroad logging; unions; woods accidents; logged Upper Vancouver Island; logging camp cooks; anecdote of 'foul feeder'; fight between logger and foul feeder; logging camp cook; flunkies, bed makers, logging camp pump tenders; eccentric and proud train men; high riggers; Harold Larson would post on a spar; woods near-misses; spark catchers jobs; bunkhouse moving accident; Paddy the straw boss; Paddy nearly caught in a blast; lemon extract mad man incident; bringing out man lost in the woods; gone mad, tried to escape his friends; wild Great Dane dogs abandoned in woods; harassed spark catchers; Mayse had to shoot one.

CALL NUMBER: T4133:0005 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1984-03-28 & 30 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Great Danes hunted in Pike's Peak area; shot one; partner Paddy Gorman; Paddy attacked by a cougar while snoozing; scraps of loggers songs; never wrote them down, always regretted it; logging; company owners were remote; unions starting camps; decision logging versus writing; went to the Vancouver Province; space writing for Province; offered staff job; clannish and proud reporters; story of ascent of Mount Waddington; two expeditions at once; Mr. Mayse carried homing pigeons in a basket to file the story; rough country; beauty and tragedy of the pigeons; walking out to tidewater hungry; a ghost story at Leefall Point, Mount Waddington, where a climber had fallen to his death. TRACK 2: Worked at the Vancouver Province as Torchy Anderson's junior man; they covered a huge forest fire that threatened Campbell River and Courtenay on Vancouver Island [Sayward fire, 1938]; Torchy was Mr. Mayse's mentor and friend; longshoremen riots; Torchy was fearless; Torchy squealed when angry; his grandfather saw a Sasquatch; the Rum Tum Club and the Sonofabitch Club; creating a story on injured trapper at Mission. Mr. Mayse wrote police constable's report while drunk; cop demoted; Torchy and his wife Marion; moved to Saltspring Island; memories of Province newspaper women in 1930's Vancouver; wild party on Grouse Mountain; Christmas cheer and story of upside down reindeer; camps for single unemployed men; joining the American Newspaper Guild; had BC union card number 3; union's failure; left holding the bag; not fired but put behind the eight ball; refused marrying raise.

CALL NUMBER: T4133:0006 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1984-03-28 & 30 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Mayse quit the Vancouver Province and joined the Vancouver Sun. The Sun was tougher and wilder; front page exclusives as revenge; union succeeded later; hostility to union. Mr. Mayse drafted and discharged for TB scars; army lost files; returned to the Sun as military writer; Mr. Gallagher, an alleged spy; moved to Toronto with no job, $100, a wife and a dog. Selective service twits said there were no jobs; walked into a job at Maclean's. Toronto run of luck; sold short stories to the Saturday Evening Post; break fiction editor of Maclean's; a few good Canadian writers; editor bought fiction; Calvinist, liked gloomy tales, had to trick him; Canadian writers were "cry-babies"; Americans were pros. TRACK 2: Canadian writers resented criticism; Mayse emulated American writers; today's market poor for short stories; in the 1940s and 1950s the stories were not literary but a good product; wrote serials for Saturday Evening Post; later published as novels; approached by an agent; returned to the coast; end of fiction markets; never seen as a serious writer; writing is lonely work; Jack Scott criticized Mr. Mayse's success in the U.S.; considered a move to the U.S.; writer's; work should speak for itself; but book tours are necessary; dislikes writer's grants except for poets; many writers are poseurs; major literary figures in Canada; dislikes commercial versus literary distinction; Mr. Mayse now writes a newspaper column; wrote for "The Beachcombers"; column is a good platform; a lucky and happy man; importance of luck.

Because it's home

The item is a composite print of a travel film from ca. 1973. Not a travelogue per se, but a look at the quality and pace of life in the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii), with scenes satirizing the behaviour of an uninformed visitor, "Joe Tourist." Footage of Haida carvers and their work (jewellery and argillite carvings), beaches, an abandoned whaling station, a shipwreck, aerial views, general scenery.

Bert Roberts interview

CALL NUMBER: T1151:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1962-09-09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Bert Roberts recalls his first impressions of Vancouver in 1906; the Depression of 1907; his attempts at employment, and adventures in British Columbia and Dawson; the "Undesirables of Dawson;"; his thoughts about Darwin and religion and his coming to the Queen Charlotte Islands (1911). TRACK 2: Mr. Roberts continues with a description of the Stave Falls work camp including: characters, living conditions and topics of discussion. He speaks about his reasons for coming to the Queen Charlotte Islands, transportation to the islands, first impressions, Miller Creek, the Lawn Hill settlement, the difficulty in acquiring land, staking land claims, Dr.Tomlinson and the Farmer's Association at Lawn Hill, social life, a story about a tree, settling at Tlell, Tom Hearn, Jimmy White, Oeanda; River, and black sand beaches.

CALL NUMBER: T1151:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1962-09-09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Bert Roberts continues speaking about Jimmy White and gold mining on the black sand beaches; his fishing career in 1919; fishing equipment; fishing at Hippo Island; local fishing co-operatives; the fishing season of 1931; fishing in the 1960s; conditions for spawning salmon; his salmon spawning ladder and recollections. TRACK 2: Mr. Roberts recounts a story about Victor Vigelous; a bear story; fishing stories; his philosophy of life; credit unions; roads and logging roads; local characters; "Mexican Tom"; Haida residents; local activities; impressions of the islands and the west coast.

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.

Betty Carey interview

CALL NUMBER: T1189:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Betty Carey's seafaring background and her trips to Alaska (1937 and 1963) PERIOD COVERED: 1937-1963 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Betty Carey talks about her childhood on Fidalgo Island, her impressions of the Indians and their skill with their dug-out canoes. She describes her first dug-out canoe and its background, ad;ventures during her trip to Alaska (1937), places and people she met along the route including: Dr. Darby, Rivers Inlet, Alert Bay, Columbia Mission Ship, Alison Harbour, Kitimat, canneries and memories of her reverse trip in 1963. TRACK 2: Betty Carey continues with recollections about her trip to Alaska (1937), Hartley Bay, Prince Rupert, Queen Charlotte Islands, the Inside Passage, her family ;life and a later trip with her husband, Neil. She describes Haida sites and villages, evidence of habitation, equipment and supplies for her trips, the Kozy family at Kelsey Bay and her impressions of; Ketchikan.

CALL NUMBER: T1189:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Betty Carey : Alaska and the Queen Charlotte Islands (1939-1955) PERIOD COVERED: 1880-1955 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Betty Carey continues with her recollections about her Alaska trip, subsequent trips to Alaska, a trip with her family (1955) to the Queen Charlotte Islands, Hecate Strait, Skidegate, Graham ;Island coast, and impressions of the Queen Charlotte Islands.

Between ourselves : Far western islands

SUMMARY: "Between Ourselves" was a weekly series of hour-long radio programs that presented Canada to Canadians. It featured aspects of Canadian life in docudramas, plays, music, and interviews, originating from different regions of Canada. The series ran from 1966 to 1979. This episode is about the Queen Charlotte Islands, past and present, including the Haida, their canoes, and settlements, and way of life; the arrival of the white settlers and missionaries; and the people who live there today. The voices heard are: Grace Stevens, Janice de Bucy, Mike and Barbara Reynolds, Neil and Betty Carey, Eric Ross, Knut Fladmark, Tom Moran, Arthur Husband, T.L. Williams, Bert Robertson, Joseph Weah, Chief William Matthews, and Dr. Peter Kelly.

Between ourselves : Raising the totem

SUMMARY: "Between Ourselves" was a weekly series of hour-long radio programs that presented Canada to Canadians. It featured aspects of Canadian life in docudramas, plays, music, and interviews, originating from different regions of Canada. The series ran from 1966 to 1979. This episode examines the history and meaning of Haida totems, and documents the creation of a new totem pole at Masset in 1969. Master carver Robert Davidson discusses how he learned to carve and learned more about his Haida culture; the selection and preparation of the tree; and the totem's design, which was based on the "grizzly bear mother" story. Recording on-site in August 1969, Imbert Orchard describes the raising of the pole, and captures the sounds, songs, dances and ceremonies involved. This event was the first pole raising at Masset within living memory. Other interviewees include: Dr. Peter Kelly, Joseph Weah, and Barbara Wilson.

Bill Reid interview

CALL NUMBER: T3955:0009 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1982 SUMMARY: An interview with Vancouver sculptor and artist Bill Reid.;

CALL NUMBER: T3955:0010 track 1 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1982 SUMMARY: An interview with Vancouver sculptor and artist Bill Reid (cont'fd).;

Carol and James Stewart-Burton interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): The Stewart-Burton's life in the Queen Charlotte Islands and their impressions of its present state PERIOD COVERED: 1921-1969 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: James Philip Stewart-Burton discusses his coming to the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1924, settlement and settlers in the Tow Hill area, road construction, the clam cannery at Tow Hill, settlement east of Masset, Jimmy White at "Oeander", Nadu and the Masset settlement. Carol Claudette Stewart-Burton speaks about her family and coming to the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1921 and Sangan River. TRACK 2: Carol Stewart-Burton continues speaking about a family holiday in 1918, constructing the family home and furniture, the family farm, the Tow Hill area, "Sangan Grange", work in canneries, the clam cannery at Tow Hill, living in Masset, Jimmy White, Cape Ball, activities on the island and the growth of Masset. James Stewart-Burton discusses the changes in Masset, sport fishing, residents;, education, population, Indian population and town facilities.

CBC Monday evening : Tidewaters ; Courtenay Youth Music Camp

SUMMARY: (1) "Tidewaters" was the 13th program in "From the Mountains to the Sea", a series about the history and people of British Columbia's regions, based on oral history interviews recorded by Robert (later Imbert) Orchard. It deals with the people who lived at different parts of the British Columbia coastline. The outer coast of British Columbia and the story of some of the wrecks around Cape Beale. Settlers on the coast: the Finns of Sointula, the Norwegians of Bella Coola, and the people who settled at the north end of Vancouver Island. Also the coastal Indians: the Haidas and their huge canoes, and the Nootka whale-hunters. Voices heard include: Ethel Cadorin, Edward Joyce, Annie Hayes, Ted Levelton, Milo Fougner, Arvo Tynjala, Frank Hole and Chief William Scow. The Hamatsa songs were performed by Mary Johnson, Annie Hayes, and Arvo Tynjala; another song was sung by Dick Willy. (2) In a concert from the Courtenay Youth Music Camp, Simon Streatfield conducts the Faculty Orchestra in works by; Vivaldi, Bach and Respighi, with soloists Steven Staryk, Otto Eifert and Ray Still. NOTE: Only the "Tidewaters" documentary is on this tape, which is tape 1 of 2.

Charles C. Hartie interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Queen Charlotte City and the islands - 1906-1930 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1962-09-08 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Charlie Hartie from Queen Charlotte City talks about coming to the Queen Charlotte Islands and delivering groceries by boat (1911), the land boom, promotion of Queen Charlotte City, failed settlements, the fish and timber industry, Alliford Bay fishing plant, attractions and impressions of the islands, west vs. east coast, weather, Indian villages at Masset and Skidegate (1911), Haida elders, Haida appearance, remnants of the villages, Skidegate Band, Arthur Soloman -- bandmaster, Government Agents -- Sandilands and Barge, Emmanuel Girard -- mill manager, mining, promoters -- McMorris;, logging and the drifter population. TRACK 2: Charlie Hartie recalls a fishing trip made during the hungry 1930's, other incidents in Hecate Strait, the logging industry, Port Clements, Tlell -- "The Dunes Club", boom days, first setters in 1905 and the steamboat service for the islands.

Charles I. Harris interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Captain Charles Harris RECORDED: [location unknown], [196-] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Captain Charles Harris explains how he left Halifax in 1887 to come to Victoria to get involved in the sealing trade, he describes the trip, arriving in Victoria in 1888, going to sea in 1890, becoming mate of the "Mary Taylor" in 1891, his experience in the Bering Sea, details on his career and adventures in the 1890s, a detailed account of the process of going about sealing including anecdotes, when sealing with guns was outlawed in 1911 by virtue of a treaty, more on sealing, differences in hunting techniques between Indians and white people, an anecdote about taking Haida Indians sealing, potential dangers, and anecdotes about boat. TRACK 2: Captain Harris continues by describing his impressions of early Victoria, the liquor traffic in Victoria before and during prohibition, the navy at Victoria prior to WWI, the submarines brought to Victoria in 1915, and more on changes over time in Victoria.

Claude Davidson interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Claude Davidson discusses various aspects of argillite carving RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Claude Davidson recalls his beginnings as a carver, his influences and techniques, inspirations, methods and styles of his carving and his present day role as teacher. He continues with a discussion of the history of argillite carving and some of the early carvers. TRACK 2: Claude Davidson discusses the process of locating and extracting the argillite slate, inherent problems with the material, types of pieces he designs, the expense of the materials and craftsmanship.

Constance Cox interview

CALL NUMBER: T0313:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Constance Cox : recollections : part 1 RECORDED: Hazelton (B.C.), 1959 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Constance Cox (nee Hankin) begins this tape with a story about her uncle Charlie Hankin (partner of Billy Barker) and his promise to Josephine, the dance hall hostess at Barkerville, about her burial. A story is told about Isaac, a Babine Indian, who was awarded medals from the Humane Society and the Catholic Church. She talks about the background to the "Skeena River Rebellion" of the 18;80's. TRACK 2: This tape continues with the "Skeena River Rebellion", a childhood story about measles, Constance Cox's childhood at Hazelton, her family, the Manson Creek gold rush -- 1870, Indian women packers into Manson Creek, Cataline, Erza Evans and mining on Manson Creek.;

CALL NUMBER: T0313:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Constance Cox : recollections : part 2 RECORDED: Hazelton (B.C.), 1959 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Constance Cox relates the following legends: the legend of the Sunbeam which is depicted on a Chilkat Blanket from Kitwanga and the adoption of the fireweed as the clan symbol at Kispiox; the; Frog legend depicted on a totem pole at Kitwancool and a Haida legend depicted on a totem pole about cruelty to animals. Indian foods and cooking methods are discussed. TRACK 2: Constance Cox continues with her discussion about Indian foods, collecting sap from evergreens, berries, wild vegetables, medicinal preparations, an incident while nursing for Dr. Wrinch at Hazelton concerning a women with cancer and another nursing story.

CALL NUMBER: T0313:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Constance Cox : recollections : part 3 RECORDED: Hazelton (B.C.), 1959 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Constance Cox relates a story about an Indian woman called "Emma". She continues with a story about Captain Fitzgerald (Gold Commissioner) who was taken prisoner at Kitseguecla (Skeena Crossing) and the subsequent trial (1871). She speaks about the first Reserve Commissioner Peter O'Reilly, the reaction to reserves in Kispiox, A.W. Vowell, the next Reserve Commissioner, and the Kitwancool Indians. TRACK 2: Constance Cox continues speaking about A.W. Vowell and the Reserve Commission at Kitwancool, the Kitwancool Indians, "Kitwancool Jim" and the Kitwancool totem pole histories. She speaks about the Collins and Yukon Telegraph lines, building the lines, the operators and linesmen and the visit of a "globe-trotting" woman -- Thea Francis (1920?).

CALL NUMBER: T0313:0004 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Constance Cox : recollections : part 4 RECORDED: Hazelton (B.C.), 1959 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Constance Cox relates her childhood memories of a canoe trip up the Skeena River (ca.1900). She speaks about Bishop Ridley, the Diocese of Caledonia, Metlakatla, Haida canoes, incidents along; the canoe journey, towing canoes upriver, dangers along the Skeena, villages, the "Mount Royal" paddlewheeler and Haida children learning canoe skills. TRACK 2: This tape begins with a description of a totem pole raising ceremony at Kitwancool, tragedies of the "Trail of '98", Rev. Harold Alfred Sheldon (c.1884), the Inverness Cannery and her father's business interests, Father Morice and his work with the Carrier Indians and the visit of the Catholic Bishop (Bishop Dontonwell?).

CALL NUMBER: T0313:0005 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Constance Cox : recollections : part 5 RECORDED: Hazelton (B.C.), 1959 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: This tape provides a continuation of Constance Cox's recollection of the visit of the Catholic Bishop to the Carrier Indians at Babine, more details about Father Morice's work -- his book and; map, his relationship with the Hudson's Bay Company at Fort St. James, a description of the destruction of his printing press, Father Morice's penance and later years, incidents at Fort St. James and; the HBC factor at Fort Fraser, Mr. Sinclair. TRACK 2: Constance Cox continues with more recollections about Mr. Sinclair and his grave at Fort Fraser. She speaks about the destruction of Indian culture, the language of the Tsimshian, Gitksan and Carrier Indians, the white settlers who learned the native languages, her role as an interpreter, the Gitksan language, the "White Cross Society", native art, totem carving past and present, erection of a new totem pole and the legend of the Kispiox -- House of the Beaver.

CALL NUMBER: T0313:0006 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Constance Cox : recollections : part 6 RECORDED: Hazelton (B.C.), 1959 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: The legend of the Kispiox -- House of the Beaver is continued on this tape. Constance Cox provides additional information about the Gitksan language, her background in native languages, the Methodist missionary at Hazelton -- Mr. Matheson (1871), the Anglican missionaries (1880), the "Queek", the Gitksan as carvers and designers and the dispute over ownership of the Bulkley Canyon c.1900.; TRACK 2: This tape continues with a description of the dispute over the Bulkley Canyon, a Gitksan artist -- Gisemax (sp), other Hazelton incidents, and a story about the group of American miners and adventurers under Mr. Gryder that arrived in Hazelton under the false assumption that gold had been discovered.

CALL NUMBER: T0313:0007 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Constance Cox : recollections : part 7 RECORDED: Hazelton (B.C.), 1959 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Constance Cox remembers her father, Thomas Hankin, his background, his coming to British Columbia (1857) as a Hudson's Bay Company factor and establishing the Hudson's Bay Post at the Skeena-Bulkley junction, his first encounters with the Indians, the song of the "iron kettles", his staking of the town site of Hazelton (1858), the 1870 Manson Creek Goldrush, story of a greenhorn and the naming of Frying Pan Mountain, William Manson and miners drowned in Kitselas Canyon. She continues with Thomas Hankin's business interests, his role in the Masonic order, Constance Cox's education, her step-father -- R.E. Loring, The Inverness Cannery, Thomas Hankin's death, his brothers -- Phillip and Charlie Hankin and the Hudson's Bay Company fur trade. TRACK 2: Constance Cox recounts childhood memories, Simon Gunanoot as a child, the Trail of '98 -- May to October 1898, Cox as nurse and doctor to Indians and 98'ers, stories and incidents, the story of the murder of Sir Arthur Curtis, Tom Hankin Jr. losing cattle on Poison Mountain and patients at the dispensary.

CALL NUMBER: T0313:0008 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Constance Cox : recollections : part 8 RECORDED: Hazelton (B.C.), 1959 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: The trail of '98 patients at the Hazelton dispensary and the rescue and nursing of Frank Farling is recalled by Constance Cox. She relates a personal anecdote about a "love letter" and Moosekin Johnny's Restaurant. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Department of Anthropology records

  • GR-3662
  • Series
  • 1909-1975; predominant 1950-1968

The series consists of operational records of the Department of Anthropology at the British Columbia Provincial Museum and it's predecessor, the Provincial Museum of Natural History and Anthropology. The records are often referred to as the Wilson Duff Papers, as a significant portion of the series consists of original research notes made by Duff, curator of Anthropology at the museum from 1980-1965, in the course of his work with Indigenous communities in British Columbia. Some field notes of other museum anthropologists are also included, as well as correspondence, subject files, and records relating to totem poles in British Columbia.

Staff of the Department of Anthropology conducted research work documenting the history, culture, and languages of Indigenous communities in British Columbia. Records include field notes, maps, transcripts of interviews, correspondence, subject files, and copies of published and unpublished works.

The series has been arranged into the following five sub-series:

A: Wilson Duff research notes
B: Administrative records and correspondence
C: Totem poles 1950-1975
D: Subject files 1945-1968
E: Ethnology field notes

British Columbia Provincial Museum

Donald Peck interview

CALL NUMBER: T0398:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Donald Wesley Peck RECORDED: [location unknown], 1961-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Captain Donald Peck discusses changes in Vancouver and its harbour. He begins in 1897 when his family lived at English Bay and his father built a boat for use on the Fraser River during the financial crisis, a description of the over fishing that year, a description of the boat as compared to others at that time, how some streets in Vancouver were made from logging roads, how sawmills helped to develop the demographics of the city, anecdote about a man at the Hastings Mill named Captain Bailey, details on Bailey and his life, a boat called the "Senator", what the harbour was like at that time including various boats and Captains, anecdotes about what life was like in 1897, the filling of False Creek in 1910, the navigational hazard of the Narrows, how his family came to Canada in 1742 to New Brunswick from the USA and how they were ship builders, details on his family lineage including boats they built, details on his father's life and boats he worked on, the first machines which revolutionized the cannery industry were partially developed by his father, how his father sold the first salmon cannery to Japan, internal combustion engines which ended up being a failure, how in 1898 the family moved to Rivers Inlet so his father could help build the machinery at the cannery there, then the family moved back to Vancouver in 1901 so the kids could go to the Mount Pleasant School, more details on his father's work at sawmills, his reminiscences of the Fort Simpson area including the tugboats he used and Captains there, an anecdote about liquor laws involving Indians. and the invention of the Davis raft.

CALL NUMBER: T0398:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Donald Wesley Peck RECORDED: [location unknown], 1961-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Captain Peck discusses and describes the chances he took in his youth, Captain Alf Lewis who towed a boat called "The Progressive", his experiences towing in 1918, buying the "Topaz" and moving back to Vancouver when the mill closed, a story about Haida canoes in Port Simpson and Metlakatla, his impressions of and details about the Haida people. TRACK 2: Captain Peck describes the transport of coal from B.C. to California around the turn of the century by the use of tugboats, what it was like at Hastings Harbour at that time, cargo ships that were lost including one in 1906 and a Russian ship called the "Volentia", more on the Narrows, an explosion on a small boat in 1902 at Port Simpson, Father Hogan who was the minister at Port Simpson at that time who gave his skin to those who were burned, a story about a stone mason named Mr. Rudge who dumped a tombstone overboard where a Haida man had drowned, the activity in salmon fishing on the Skeena River in the days before Prince Rupert was established in 1907, including details on the canneries near Port Essington, and the 186 mile journey along the Skeena from Prince Rupert to Hazelton aboard sternwheelers.

CALL NUMBER: T0398:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Donald Wesley Peck RECORDED: [location unknown], 1961-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Captain Peck discusses how boys in those days had to be self-dependant and had to learn to hunt and take care of the home, his friend Walter Wick's father who was the first foreigner he met while he lived at Inverness, a description of the Wick boys, he then describes his early memories of life at Metlakatla including details about people there. [Note: there is a splice in the tape so track 2 on this CD is a continuation of T0389:0003.] TRACK 2: Captain Peck offers a description of a woman named Miss West whom he met in 1904 in Georgetown, he discusses the history of Georgetown and the sawmill there including its establishment before Confederation, Mr. Morrow of Metlakatla who was a butcher at Metlakatla and was a former Indian agent, a description of the landscape at Metlakatla, the Rudge family, the origins of Port Essington including the type of place it was and people there. TRACK 3: Captain Peck discusses boats constructed for the Stikine and for the Yukon gold rush, the limitations of sternwheelers, experiences on the Nelson River, the people and geography of the Queen Charlotte Islands, the settlement of Sointula, and the elk on Graham Island, QCI.

Dorothy R. Richardson interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Dorothy Richardson's life in the Queen Charlottes and her family's involvement in its development PERIOD COVERED: 1908-1969 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dorothy R. Richardson speaks about her family history, her grandfather (Willliam Leary) who came to the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1908, her father (Richard Husband), her family, growing up and the Depression era. She describes early memories of the Tlell, Skidegate area, residents, the Eric Ross family, settlements, the Husband family, their cattle ranch, problems with cattle in the area; and "Mexican Tom". She also comments about current conditions, roads, schooling, neighboring communities, "St. Mary's Spring", local jobs and unions. TRACK 2: Dorothy Richardson is interviewed standing outside on her property in Tlell; she speaks about the weather, roads, local conditions, the surrounding property, sport fishing, gardening, local Haida names for the area, beachcombing and other residents.

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