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."
Al Elsey compiled his original footage from 1965 to produce this commercial film that deals with trapping beaver, the Anahim Lake Stampede and Caribou migration. The video provides a compilation of film footage shot by Elsey and is narrated by him describing the activities documented in the footage
Al Elsey compiled his original footage from 1965 to produce this commercial film that deals with fly-fishing for Steelhead Salmon on the Dean River and Bella Coola River. The video provides a compilation of film footage shot by Elsey and is narrated by him describing the activities documented in the footage.
Image depicts the Giscome mill site in Giscome, B.C. The bunkhouse is the large building with many windows. A train and railroad tracks are in the foreground. Map coordinates 54°04'17.6"N 122°22'06.1"W
Photograph depicts sign in foreground outlining rules and restrictions for behaviour at Moricetown Canyon. Traditional fishing territory visible behind sign at waterfall in the Bulkley River, B.C. Highway and buildings can be seen in background.
Photograph depicts Moran seated to right of woman on bench in foreground. Waterfall area at Moricetown Canyon can be seen below, behind booth labeled "MONITER BOOTH". Highway and houses visible on opposite shore in background.
Image depicts two mills; the Intercontinental Pulp Mill is on the right in the foreground, and the Prince George Pulp and Paper Mill is on the left in the background. The picture is taken from the South, possibly off Yellowhead Bridge in Prince George, B.C.
Map depicts historical rail lines in the BC lower mainland, including trackage for the BC Electric Railway, the Canadian Northern Pacific Railway, the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Great Northern Railway, and the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, among others.
Photograph depicts unidentified man in dress shirt and tie standing next to large Caterpillar engine on flatbed. Road in foreground, unidentified building in background. Accompanying note reads: "MTCE 4-01 (b) Cat 3612 Engine".