Item F1983:02/037 - The Queen's totem

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The Queen's totem

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  • moving images

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British Columbia. Dept. of Recreation and Conservation. Photographic Branch

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  • [1957-1958] (Creation)

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6 reels of film

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The item consists of six reels of unedited documentary film elements. A special totem pole is created as a gift to Queen Elizabeth on the occasion of B.C.'s centennial. Shows the selection and cutting of the tree on the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii), the carving operation at Thunderbird Park, and the presentation of the finished pole to Queen Elizabeth in London. The pole was designed and executed by Kwakiutl carver Mungo Martin.

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A digital copy is available under call number V1986_64_008_01.mp4. Please contact staff for further information.
For a composite version of the film, see F1984:03/017.01

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Copyright Government of British Columbia.

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References: Listed in Duffy, "Camera West", entry #Q/04.

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Accession number(s): F1983:02

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Previously described as AAAA0357

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producing agency/company: British Columbia. Dept. of Recreation and Conservation. Photographic Branch; photography: Bernard H. Atkins; narration: Harry P. McKeever; narrator: Gordon Inglis; director: Bernard H. Atkins; sponsored/presented by: British Columbia. Centennial Committee

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Film elements include:
F1983:02/037.01a - original A-roll
F1983:02/037.01b - original B-roll
F1983:02/037.02 - B-wind (optical track)
F1983:02/037.03 - dupe negative
F1983:02/037.05 - dub master (polyester) (magnetic track)
F1983:02/037.06 - dub master (polyester) (magnetic track)

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