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Chief's lodge and totem, Nass River, BC

Photograph depicts two men standing at base of totem pole in front of large elaborate lodge building with post reading "MINESQU". Smaller structure stands in background (elevated cache?).

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Chapter XXIV. No. 3. A chief's lodge and totem Nass River."

Falling totem pole, Nass River, BC

Photograph depicts a totem pole supported by smaller poles, and a second totem pole standing straight in background. Beach in foreground, fence and hills in distance.

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Falling greatness, Chapt. XXI No. 5, A Chief's Totem Pole inclined to fall. [Gitaix?] Encampment, Nass River. Five illustration for Chapt. XXI."

"Hagaga : Special Edition"

Newspaper consists of the recto and verso of 2 pages (p. 1-4). It was published in Aiyansh on the Nass River in British Columbia in April 1895 and presents a missionary's perspective of regional First Nations traditions and current affairs of the day.

Herbert Collison ice fishing with friends at Fishing Bay, Nass River, BC

Photographs depict groups of men gathered on ice. Herbert leans over behind two friends seated on ice sled (son of Marion and Archdeacon W.H. Collison). Pile of caught fish can be seen in foreground behind large whole in ice.

Handwritten annotations on verso read: "Oolichan Fishing Fishing Bay Nass River"; "Uncle Herbert with Indian friends fishing for oolichan through the ice."

Joyce Collison, Tom Moorhouse, medical officer & unidentified man by boat on Nass River, BC

Boat floats close to shore in foreground, forest and hills on opposite shore in background. Joyce is the daughter of Bertha and W.E. Collison, and the granddaughter of Marion and Archdeacon W.H. Collison.

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Upper Nass River Sept. 1933. Joyce with Tom Moorhouse & the medical officer".

Lodges and totem poles at village on Nass River, BC

Photograph depicts totem poles (crest poles?) in front of lodge buildings on river shore. Canoes can be seen floating in foreground, hills in background.

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Chapter XII. Number 1. Section of Indian Village on Nass River showing lodges and totems".

Mission house in Kincolith, BC

Photograph depicts tall building, with long shorter section crossing midground in front. Path runs through garden in foreground.

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Back of Mission House Kincolith".

Nisga'a chiefs and families posing with goods from potlatch

Three men stand in centre, each wearing a chief's dress and head-dress. Family members stand and sit on either side. Carved boxes and masks are positioned in foreground. The group poses in front of drapery hung against tall wooden wall.

Community members have stated that the people in this photo are from the Gitwilluyaxw clan from the wolf tribal house of Ksdiyaawak. The photo was taken at Gitlax̱t’aamiks along the Nass River.

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Tsimpshian Chiefs & family. Goods [for or fr.] Potlatch".

'Place of Echoes' at Kincolith, BC

Photograph features a steep cliff across water, rocky shore in foreground.

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Up the 'Big Creek' at Kincolith B.C. Rock face called 'the place of echoes' by the Indian people."

W.E. Collison and others on inspection trip by boat to villages on Nass River, BC

Group of six men sit and stand on small boat close to shore. Rev. W.E. Collison stands on far right (son of Marion and Archdeacon W.H. Collison).

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Dr. Macdonald Med officer (Kincolith) / Dr. [McQuarrie?] Med officer Victoria / Steven Clayton Native boat owner / Capt. Bary - Insp. of Indian Schools / W.E. Collison Indian agent. / Inspection trip to villages of upper Nass River".

W.E. Collison travelling by boat on business trip up Nass River, BC

Three men can be seen on deck of small boat. Rocky shore in foreground, forest and hills on opposite shore in background.

Handwritten annotations on verso read: "Dad - en route up Nass River on official business. (hence the flag & business suit!)"; "Going up the Nass. Dad (Indian Agent) Cap Barry (Inspect. of Schools) travelling up the Nass River to Aiyansh".