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Wooden fish

Wooden fish, complete with carved fins and moveable (?) tail. Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “48-1”

[Uprooted Tree?]

Image depicts an individual standing next to what appears to be the base of a very large, uprooted tree, located somewhere in the coastal forest of Haida Gwaii, B.C.

Unidentified tool and bark shredder

Unidentified tool leaning against a sheeted backdrop. Carved wooden bark shredder, used to soften and break up fibres of cedar bark lying on sheet covered table. Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “48-3”

Unidentified object

Unidentified carved and painted wooden object. Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “46-5”

Two staffs – close-up

Close up perspective of the top of the two carved wooden staffs, both inlaid with abalone shell, leaning against a wall side by side, a white sheet serving as a backdrop. Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “W.E. Collison.” Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “52-1”

Two staffs

Two carved wooden staffs, both inlaid with abalone shell, leaning against a wall side by side, a white sheet serving as a backdrop. Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “W.E. Collison.” Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “50-6”

Two frog dishes

Figure on the left is a club-shaped cylindrical figure with bulbous human face at one end; abalone shell is inlaid in the face for eyes. Figure on the right is a club carved in the shape of a whale with inlaid eyes and engraved markings on its sides. Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “W.E. Collison.” Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “51-1”

Two carved clubs

Figure on the left is a club-shaped cylindrical figure with bulbous human face at one end; abalone shell is inlaid in the face for eyes. Figure on the right is a club carved in the shape of a whale with inlaid eyes and engraved markings on its sides. Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “W.E. Collison.” Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “51-1”

Two argillite totem poles

Profile perspective of two model totem poles carved from argillite, set against a white backdrop. Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “W.E. Collison.” Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “43-2”

Two argillite bowls

Pedestal bowl carved out of argillite into the shape of a bird next to a table top bowl featuring a seated human figure looking into its centre. Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “W.E. Collison.” Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “49-4”

Totem poles at Skidegate, Queen Charlotte Islands, BC

Totem poles (crest poles?) stand in front of a line of houses. Blanketed canoes sit on beach in right foreground; forest in background.

Handwritten annotations on verso read: “skidegate village Queen Charlotte Islands as it appeared forty years ago"; "Rev W.E. Collison Prince Rupert"; "Hughes"; "1".

Totem Poles

Image depicts several individuals examining totem poles which are possibly undergoing a restoration process somewhere on Haida Gwaii.

Three argillite totem poles

Three model totem poles carved out of argillite and of various heights standing as a trio against a white backdrop. Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “W.E. Collison.” Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “43-3”

Three argillite totem poles

Three model totem poles carved out of argillite and of various heights standing as a trio against a white backdrop. Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “W.E. Collison.” Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “43-5”

Stone fish

Stone figure carved in the likeness of a fish. Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “48-5”

Slug

Image depicts a slug on the forest floor somewhere on Haida Gwaii.

Skeletal remains – Haida

Photograph depicts close-up of unidentified skeletal remains situated on the ground. Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “skeleton fallen from burial box at Masset QCIs. Remains were buried near original site”.

Side of the Road

Image depicts a vehicled parked on the side of the road, with a view of the coast of Haida Gwaii in the background.

Shack on a Beach

Image depicts a woman, possibly Sue Sedgwick, sitting in a shack on a beach on Haida Gwaii.

Raven rattle and carved face

Wooden raven rattle composed of two complementary parts in the form of raven. Reclining figure on raven's back connected to a frog by protruding tongue. Carved wooden face, perhaps a frontlet for a headdress. Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “W.E. Collison.” Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “47-5”

Pump drill

Pump drill consisting of a length of wood with a heavy wooden whorl fixed toward the bottom end and a crossbar-like pump arm attached to the upper end; pump arm is free to move up and down the main length of wood through a hole in the arm's center. The notched ends of the pump arm are attached to the top of the pump by twisted gut cord. The central length of wood is rounded and handle-like at the base, tapering towards the top. Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: “W.E. Collison.” Stamped annotation on verso reads: “Department of Mines and Resources, Photographic Section. Oct. 6, 1939”. Numeric annotation on verso: “48-6”

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