Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Monday, December 8, 2008
A potlatch is an important ceremonial event originating from the indigenous people of the NWCoast. Significant life events were marked and captured by potlatches including the naming of a newborn child, a marriage, a death, ascension of new chiefs, a graduation, opening of a new big house, and raising of totempoles. Due to the importance of these events, the celebration could last several days and were planned months and up to a year in advance
Friday, December 5, 2008
Petroglyph in Fort Rupert Taken by John Morris.
I have not seen this before
and don't know where it is located on the beach. Do any of the Kwakiutl Students know? If not try and find it.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The collector of the majority of Kwakwaka'wakw artifacts in the world's museums (including those illustrated above) was George Hunt (1854 - 1933) Hunt (K'ixitasu') was the son of an English fur trader at Fort Rupert and his Tlingit wife, Mary Ebbetts (Ansnaq), daughter of Chief Tongas from Alaska. Hunt spoke Kwakwala and he learned how to render it in phonetic writing. For most of his life, Hunt worked as an informant, translator and collector for outsiders who came to Tsaxis including Israel Powell, Jacob Adrian Jacobsen, Franz Boas and Edward Curtis.
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