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Reports on Queen Charlotte Islands

The file consists of reports written by James Deans and sent to Israel Wood Powell regarding resources, Indigenous villages and practices in Haida Gwaii.

Powell, Israel Wood

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.

Those born at Masset, a Haida stonemoving and feast : an ethnographic account : part 1 and part 2

Ethnographic film. An account of the Masset Band, and a personal record of Professor Mary Lee Stearns' involvement with the band. Part 1 deals with the ethnography of the Masset people, including their social structure, economy and art. In preparation for Part 2, the death ceremonies are also discussed. Part 1 concludes with the ritual moving of a memorial stone. Part 2 begins with the same scenes -- the moving of the memorial stone of Peter Hill (1890-1971), a Masset band member. The remainder of the film shows the preparations for and the actual giving of a memorial feast. The film concludes with a speech by hereditary chief William Matthews, and Professor Stearns' own narration, explaining the significance of the events from an ethnographer's viewpoint.

Webster! : 1985-11-21

Public affairs. Jack Webster's popular weekday morning talk show. Guests and topics for this episode are: Jack opens with Thomas Niles, US Ambassador to Canada, on trade issues between Canada and US, protectionism, and the timber industry. Miles Richardson, President of the Council of the Haida Nation, and James Gosnell, President of the Nishga Tribal Council, discuss logging and the blockade on Lyell Island, aboriginal rights, land claims, and the failure of the Social Credit government to address these issues as promised in 1975.

Webster! : 1986-09-16

Public affairs. Jack Webster's popular weekday morning talk show. Guests and topics for this episode are: Jack starts the show talking about native land claims. He speaks with George Watts, Chairman, Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council; Miles Richardson, President, Council of the Haida Nation; and Saul Terry, President, Union of BC Indian Chiefs. Jack speaks to Professor Brian Kantor of the University of Cape Town. They discuss apartheid and economic sanctions; Nelson Mandela; the Botha government.

Webster! : 1986-09-29

Public affairs. Jack Webster's popular weekday morning talk show. Guests and topics for this episode are: Miles Richardson, President, Council of the Haida Nation. Topics; the Haida Nation; Aboriginal land claims; self-determination; population. Mike Harcourt; Vancouver mayor and NDP candidate; Bob Skelly, Social Credit; Cambie Street Bridge. Rita Johnson; Sunday liquor laws; the Public Service. Deputy Premier Grace McCarthy, Social Credit; economic strategy; airport improvements; transportation to airport; Port of Vancouver; Roberts Bank development; Bill Vander Zalm; Bill Bennett; Expo 86; Louisiana Pacific loan; gambling; abortion; lottery funds; teachers right to strike; Kerkhof Hyundai; recession; East Vancouver.

Francis Williams interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Francis Williams interview : Background of a Haida artist RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1975-09-19 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Williams discusses: personal background; education; problems with health. Talks about development of an interest in Haida art. Apprenticeship with Arthur Adams to learn principles of Haida art. Discussion of formal art training in Victoria. Mr. Williams discusses his conception of Haida art, and his own role in terms of it. He also discusses other Indian artists and the development of this type of art today. He provides a description of the cover illustration (a box design) that he did for "Sound Heritage" magazine (vol. 4 no. 3 & 4, "Native Languages and Culture"). TRACK 2: His goals as an artist. Encouraging younger artists. (End of interview.)

People in landscape : The Haida villages

SUMMARY: The history of the Haida people in the Queen Charlotte Islands. Includes: stories and legends from their ancestors; visits to Masset, and to Moresby and Anthony Islands; and descriptions of the old viillage sites with their remaining artifacts. Voices heard include Knut Fladmark, Dr. Peter Kelly, Betty Carey, Neil Carey, Gray Stephens and John Williams.

Haida Indian songs, 1956

RECORDED: Queen Charlotte Islands (B.C.), 1956 SUMMARY: A recording of songs performed by Haida Indians of the Queen Charlotte Islands. According to notes on file, the lead female singer is Susan Williams; the male singer is Henry Young; and the second female singer is Mary Davison.

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).;

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.

Struggle for an empty land

SUMMARY: A 55-minute program for CBC Ideas (edited down from a two-hour regional special) about the confrontation on Lyell Island in the Queen Charlottes and the Haida blockade of logging operations there. The; Haida, led by Miles Richardson, were confronting loggers working for local contractor Frank Beban, who was under contract to Western Forest Products. The blockade led to dozens of arrests and focused; international attention on the dispute.;

Lyell Island confrontation between loggers and the Haida : [interviews and actualities]

SUMMARY: This appears to be a unique and valuable series of interviews and on-the-spot raw material from a pivotal confrontation between loggers and the Haida on Lyell Island in the Queen Charlottes. Contents ;include: an interview with Harvey Hurd, Manager of Operations for Western Forest Products on the Q.C.I. (T4342:0033); helicopter tour conducted by Brian Eccles, October 1984 (T4342:0035); Frank Beban ;debating Peter Hamel, and interviews with native elders including Ada Yovanovich and Ethel Jones (T4342:0037 and/or 0038); interview with Neil and Betty Carey in Sandspit (T4342:0039).;

The Hornby collection : Out of the silence ; Steveston 1926 ; Alvarez And the Canadian soldier

SUMMARY: "The Hornby Collection" is an anthology of plays, documentaries, interviews and selected fiction for radio -- all written, prepared and produced in British Columbia. Part 1: "Out Of The Silence" by ;Bill Reid, a tribute to the ancestry of this Haida author and carver. Part 2: "Steveston" by Hubert Evans, a short story set in the Japanese fishing community. Part 3: "Alvarez And The Canadian So;ldier", an interview by Jurgen Hesse with Manual Alvarez, author of "The Tall Soldier".;

Ingrid Suderman [and] Harold Brown

SUMMARY: Soprano Ingrid Suderman performs songs by Canadian composer Jean Coulthard, with piano accompaniment by Harold Brown. The songs heard are "The White Rose" (from "Six Irish Poems"), "The May Tree", "So; Are You to My Thoughts", and "Two Songs of the Haida Indians".;

Land of the totem pole : sound track

The item is a documentary narration track. Ecologist and nature photographer Bristol Foster, Ph.D., introduces the coastal area of British Columbia, including the Queen Charlotte Islands, where we see eagles, sea lions and a Peale's falcon, as well as evidence of the ancient culture of the Haida. The Kwakiutl raise a new totem pole for the first time in 30 years, a sign that the ancient skills have not been lost.

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.

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.

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.

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