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Haida Gwaii (B.C.) Ghost towns--British Columbia
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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.

Dwyer Brown interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], [196-?] SUMMARY: In an oral history interview with Imbert Orchard, Dwyer Brown of Skidegate discusses Copper River [i.e., Copper Bay?]; how to make a traditional cedar canoe, using axe, adze and steam; the seasons of ;the "Indian year"; camping in the abandoned Haida villages of Cumshewa and Skedans; totem poles in the old villages; etc. The last tape ends with 5-6 minutes of recorded sounds, including: a ferry or fishing boat, approaching and in the distance; footsteps on a dock; boat engine sounds; distant explosion. [Note: This summary is based on incomplete notes in the file.]

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.

This land : [Yahwa illahee - the Queen Charlotte Islands]

Documentary. A portrait of the Queen Charlotte Islands and of some of the people who live there. Sequences focus on Neil and Betty Carey, who live and beachcomb on the secluded west coast of the islands; Haida artist Bob Davidson, who is carving the first new totem pole raised at Masset in many years; Victor Adams, a Haida crab fisherman; logging operations at Skidegate; open-pit mining at Tasu, and life in the mining town; T.L. Williams, who recalls settling on the islands during the land rush before World War I; abandoned settlements and industries; a funeral; teenagers at a dance; netting and hand-canning of sockeye salmon; the Sandspit Earwig Derby; and the ceremonial raising of Davidson's totem pole. The history of the Haida people is outlined. The program also includes excellent footage of the landscape and seascape, and of the region's wildlife.