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Grease: Ooligan Oil Production on the Bella Coola River, Including BBQ Spring Salmon

Al Elsey compiled this commercial video using footage he filmed in 1964 and 1965 in the Bella Coola area. The video provides a compilation of film footage shot by Elsey and is narrated by him describing the activities related to the Grease Trail. Description verso of VHS commercial box reads:
"Al Elsey's friendship with Margaret Siwallace with other people of the Nuxalk Nation dates back over fifty years. This, his premier documentary, produced from vintage 16 mm movie film taken in the Bella Coola Valley in 1963, invites us to witness their tradition of making Ooligan Grease. The process, followed for centuries by the Nuxalk and other coastal First Nations people, was of such importance that their trading routes from the Coast to the Interior of British Columbia were called Grease Trails. The Ooligan were netted by the ton each year, returning from the ocean to spawn in early spring. The destruction of the Ooligan runs in the Bella Coola and other coast rivers of Southern B.C. probably resulted from over-fishing by shrimp trawl draggers during the late 1990s. GREASE shows catching the Ooligan with conical nets and dugout canoes, rotting them in "stink boxes," then rendering and purifying the Grease. Elsey's captivating narrative and brilliant footage transport us back to another time on the shores of the Bella Coola River."

Fred Jeffery Photograph Collection

  • 2009.10
  • Collectie
  • 1921-1933

The Fred Jeffery Collection consists of three photograph albums comprising a total of 303 b&w photographs all dating from ca.1924-1933. The subject matter of these images consist primarily of the fishing industry, river & landscapes, salmon cannery images (housing, people, workers, machinery, boats) on the Nass River and North Pacific Coast. Notable are the photographs depicting indigenous (Nisga'a) people and places and Chinese and Japanese cannery workers. Identified canneries featured in these photographs include: Mill Bay Cannery, Namu Cannery, Klemtu Cannery, Shushartie Bay Cannery, Balmoral Cannery, North Pacific Cannery, Nass Harbour Cannery, Port Essington Cannery, Kitwanga Cannery, Port Nelson Cannery, Alert Bay Cannery, Dominion Cannery and ABC Co. Cannery. Photographs also include images of the Canadian Pacific Railway in both Vancouver and Sicamous, BC., as well as, images of the Legislative Assembly buildings in Victoria, the 1924 Special Service Squadron ships in Vancouver, early construction of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and town overviews of Yokohama, Japan (pre WWII).

Jeffery, Fred

Camp at Summit Lake, B.C.

Photograph depicts a numerous variety of buildings in snowy clearing of forest. A car is parked in foreground on road leading into the camp. Handwritten caption beside this photo reads: "Sumit Lake Camp". It is speculated that this may be the Campbell Construction Co. road camp.

Picnic at Central Fort George

Photograph depicts a large group of women, men, and children standing and sitting on grass. Stand of trees crosses midground, forest visible in background. Handwritten annotation on verso of photograph: "Picnic at Fort George (Central) 1920." Photograph believed to have been taken at current location of Spruceland Shopping Center.

Large Picnic Gathering

Photograph depicts large social gathering of men, women and children seated in wooded area, fallen trees behind them. Smoke from a campfire rises behind group. It is speculated that Violet Baxter may be seated in foreground on right, with her back turned to the photographer.

Large Picnic Gathering

Photograph depicts large social gathering of men, women and children seated in wooded area, fallen trees behind them. Smoke from a campfire can be seen behind group. It is speculated that Violet Baxter may be seated in foreground, with her back turned to the photographer.

Thomas Crosby Mission Ship Photograph Collection

  • 2009.21
  • Collectie
  • 1932-1946

Subject areas identified in this collection include: church and hospital buildings (including nurses quarters); group photos featuring doctors, nurses, and hospital workers; grave markers; landscapes; processing of oolichan fish; and various church-related events such as weddings and church openings.

Thomas Crosby Mission Ships

Campbell's All Cash Store, Prince George, BC

Street view photograph of a commercial section in downtown Prince George with several "Campbell's" delivery carts parked along the road. Visible establishments include "Campbell's All Cash Store" and "Club Cafe." Handwritten annotation in blue ballpoint pen on recto reads: "Howdy from Prince George! Going easy with all these kids- good to see Kathee. Snow here. Have fun at the sports show & don't over do it. Thinking of you guys, love Judy and Vic. P.S. Can't wait to go home to somewhere peaceful and quiet. 2-27-83." Postcard is addressed to: "Mr. & Mrs. Hauffer 8429-221 PL. Sn. Edmonds, WA. U.S. 98020." Verso is affixed with four Canadian 8-cent stamps.

Dominion Day Parade in Prince Rupert, BC

Crowd is gathered for Dominion Day Parade. Decorated float can be seen in centre of street, and Hotel Prince Rupert stands in background. Printed annotation on recto reads: “Dominion Day Prince Rupert 1914 Photo W.W.W.” Handwritten message in ink on verso is addressed to “Mr. S. Smart 2550 Blackwood St Victoria B.C.”

Sixth Street, Prince Rupert BC

Street view of Sixth Street in Prince Rupert BC. A small group of men is shown loitering on the sidewalk. Annotation on recto reads: "Sixth St. Prince Rupert BC." Handwritten annotation on recto is heavily obscured by glued on paper and reads: "Prince Rupert [illegible] 12th 12 Dean Harry! [Illegible] lived here last night after [illegible] pleasent[sic] trip. What do you think of this city since you saw it last. Saw George before I left Vancouver, he looks still the same. Kindest regards to you & wife. Nib [??]." Postcard is addressed to: "Mr H Banker 2732 Arch Ave West Seattle Wash USA." Postcard is affixed with a one cent Canadian stamp. Postmark reads: "Prince Rupert BC PM 2 1 JUN 12."

Shops along Shore at Port Essington, BC

Shops stand along riverside boardwalk. Storefront sign for R. Cunningham & Sons visible. Many people stand and sit on boardwalk, and canoes and small boats float in water in foreground.

Handwritten photo captions beside image read: "R. Cunningham & Sons - Probably Port Essington", "NW coast canoe".

Elks Flag Day, McBride, BC

Photograph of several vehicles parked along a road. A large crowd is visible gathering in the background. Printed annotation on recto reads: "Elks Flag Day, McBride, B.C." Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Jan. 5th 1945. Dear Dad, Am working in a lumber camp, advised by Prof. Johnson and Prof Casey. Altitude about 2,300. Think I will like it, if they don't make me work to[sic] heavy. the Climate and the grub is swell. Otherwise not so hot. Bye for now. Love Will." Postcard is addressed: "To: Mr. A.W. Hockin Big Valley, Alberta. From. W. Hockin c/o E.U. Lamming McBride, B.C."

Central Avenue, Fort George, BC

Printed annotation on recto reads: “Central Avenue Fort George B.C. Copyright Canada June 25th 1913”. Handwritten annotation in ink on recto reads: “Hotel Fort George; Pool room; Men’s furnishing; General store; Bank Vancouver; Telephone office; Temperance House; Trust-company; Grand stand & fair grounds; Hospital; Ware house and general store.” Cancelled 1 cent Canadian stamp on verso is dated: "Fort George BC Jul 14 13". Handwritten message in ink on verso is addressed to Mr. Chas H Wilson 94 Gould St Toronto: "Fort George. B.C> Box 65, July 13/ 13. Dear Father, This is a 'bird's eye view' of our main street - ha! ha! some class alright. We live right behind the bakery lunch room on the right hand side of the picture, on 1st avenue, some people eh? Will be moving to Cassiar Ave soon. How are all the folks. Mae is writing. Peace. M."

View of Prince George, BC from Above

Boardwalk in foreground, buildings and roads in mid ground, cut banks in background. Printed annotation on recto reads: “Prince George. B.C. 1921 by Moore”. Handwritten annotation in ink on verso reads: “The Netchaco river is between the mountain and the city and the C.N.R. runs along the river bank nearest the city. This picture is taken looking north.”

Street in Prince George, BC

Street scene in Prince George B.C. Several Union Jack flags are visible and there is a celebration banner at the end of the street. Long shadows in photo indicate summer (perhaps Dominion Day?). River in foreground, railroad and city in mid ground and hill in background. Printed annotation on recto reads: “Prince George. B.C.”

Island Cache Recovery Project Collection

  • 2003.11
  • Collectie
  • 1998-2000

Collection consists of material resulting from Dr. Mike Evan's Island Cache Recovery Project Collection. Includes oral history interviews of former Island Cache (Cottonwood Island) residents on recording media (cassette and VHS) as well as transcripts of the oral histories. Also includes administrative records for the project and photocopies of background research material used for the project, such as Prince George city records, newspaper clippings, photographs, and correspondence.

Evans, Michael John

Ronni Entwhistle and Rose Bortolon

File consists of an oral history given by Ronni Entwhistle and Rose Bortolon, which was gathered as part of Dr. Mike Evan's Island Cache Recovery Project. Includes consent forms, transcripts, and the recorded oral history on the original media.

Mike Lamanes

File consists of an oral history given by Mike Lamanes, which was gathered as part of Dr. Mike Evan's Island Cache Recovery Project. Includes consent forms, transcripts, and the recorded oral history on the original media.

Harold Moffat

File consists of an oral history given by Harold Moffat, which was gathered as part of Dr. Mike Evan's Island Cache Recovery Project. Includes consent forms, transcripts, and the recorded oral history on the original media.

Cecil Nicholls

File consists of an oral history given by Cecil Nicholls, which was gathered as part of Dr. Mike Evan's Island Cache Recovery Project. Includes consent forms, transcripts, and the recorded oral history on the original media.

Bruno Randt

File consists of an oral history given by Bruno Randt, which was gathered as part of Dr. Mike Evan's Island Cache Recovery Project. Includes consent forms, transcripts, and the recorded oral history on the original media.

Rose Switzer

File consists of an oral history given by Rose Switzer, which was gathered as part of Dr. Mike Evan's Island Cache Recovery Project. Includes consent forms, transcripts, and the recorded oral history on the original media.

Elizabeth Williams

File consists of an oral history given by Elizabeth Williams, which was gathered as part of Dr. Mike Evan's Island Cache Recovery Project. Includes consent forms, transcripts, and the recorded oral history on the original media.

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