Item AAAB3929 - Jimmy John interview

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Jimmy John interview

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  • 1979-06-29 [date recorded] (Creation)

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Interviews recorded as research for Sound Heritage Series no. 34, "Now You Are My Brother: Missionaries in British Columbia".

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CALL NUMBER: T3536:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Reminiscences of an Hesquiat RECORDED: Nanaimo (B.C.), 1979-06-29 SUMMARY: In an interview with Margaret Whitehead, Jimmy John talks about his father's life, as well as his own. Father's background and life story: smallpox epidemic in Nootka when he was young; family was Catholic because Father Brabant lived in Nootka at the time; father's memories of being taught by Fathers Brabant and Stanley; Father Brabant did not want him to go to school because he wanted to teach him himself; attempt on Father Brabant's life by some Natives; Catholic Church built by Nootka Natives; his mother's family from Hesquiat were carvers, but his father was not a carver; how he learned t;o carve; carved for the Natives, not white people; his first wife -- traditional marriage, wife chosen by his parents; came to Nanaimo to carve silver; first wife died, met second wife (Jimmy's mother;); story of how he got land in Nanaimo. TRACK 2: More on Jimmy's father's life: experiences on a schooner -- went to the Bering Sea as a cook, did not get paid much money; shipwrecks along the west ;coast; used a canoe when he was hunting; early memories of Victoria; always liked to fish; Rivers Inlet anecdote; moving to Nanaimo; back to Nootka to visit occasionally; related to chief line of Nootka's; potlatches; reason his older brothers did not become chief; Nootka's acceptance of Catholic religion; discussion of tape he did about his memories.;

CALL NUMBER: T3536:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Reminiscences of an Hesquiat RECORDED: Nanaimo (B.C.), 1979-06-29 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Jimmy John discusses the life of his father with Margaret Whitehead: translating his father's speeches at Nootka ceremonies (from Native language into English); discussion of dancing and singing at potlatches; potlatches forbidden under Catholic religion in early days. [TRACK 2: blank; end of interview.];

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Margaret Whitehead, 1979-1981


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A digital copy is available.

  • Partial transcript on file.
  • Reference cassette copy available in container 000443-207.

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  • Copying Restriction: None.
  • Use Restriction: For private and educational use only. Not for broadcast or commercial use without permission of the B.C. Archives.
  • Copyright Status: Copyright British Columbia Archives.

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Excerpts from this interview appeared in Sound Heritage Series no. 34, "Now You Are My Brother".

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Accession number(s): T3536

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speaker: Jimmy John, interviewer: Margaret Mary Whitehead

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