File A-15 - Early Indian Scenes and Portraits, Vancouver Island (North)

"The Feast Dish" or The Feat of Capturing the First Whale "Waiting" [Interior of a longhouse] A "One Hundred Dollar" Potlatch A Ceremonial Group at a Potlatch A Ceremonial Group at a Potlatch A Deserted Village - O-Yar-Kum A Family Album A Kwatsino (Quatsino) Grandad A Load of Clams A Quatsino Grandma - O-Que-La-Yon A-Ma-Qua off to look at his traps at the head of the southeast arm of Quatsino Sound Ah-Ma-Qua, The Totem Carver Alert Bay Am-At-Se (The Ah-Mat-Sa) An Interior Ancient and Modern Ar-Tat-Se and her Grandma O-Que-La-Yen Ar-tatse ("Lucy Moon") Ar-Te-Catse, A West Coast Morning Bygones Camp Fire Tales Chief Car-Li-Te's Potlatch Chief Cas-e-lus Chief Warcas, "The Admiral" Come For the Bride and Se-Wit, The Wit Cul-Tetsam, Passing of the Siwash Early British Columbia - A Potlatch to the Tyees Ga-La-Kum the wife of Tyee Cas-E-Lus Going for Clams Grandma and the Baby Graven Art - the front view of an ancient sandstone oil dish Indian Carving Indian Ceremonial Mask and Blankets Indian Graves at Old Fort Rupert Interior Front View of an Indian Home Kla-E-He-Tla - Mrs. Wallace - The Owner of Jewellery Kla-Quo-Tla, or "Old Harry" an Old Indian Sealer Korpreno Tom or Sealing Tom Lady Warcas Leeson Collection Mrs. Jim Mrs. Tommy Clair and Family Na-Na-Que-Tla Na-Na-Quit-La Nat-Na-Moo-Quitle or "Jumbo" Native Construction Native Houses Have Sun-Parlours Ne-Kar-At-See, An Old Time Princess Ne-Kow-Se-La (Mrs. Warcas)
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Early Indian Scenes and Portraits, Vancouver Island (North)

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  • Compiled City Archives, City Hall, Vancouver 1941;* Photographs and coloring by Benjamin W. Leeson, Esq. of Leeson Point, Quatsino and Vancouver, Canada.

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  • [1894?] - [1939?], reproduced [ca. 1941] (Creation)

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1 album (86 photographs) ; silver gelatin prints, some hand col. ; 18 x 23 cm or smaller

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File is album containing photographs of West Coast First Nations people, works of art and buildings (interior and exterior views). The photographs in the album were originally taken by B.W. Leeson between 1894 and 1939 while he was living in Quatsino Sound, where he worked as a customs official. The album includes detailed captions written by Leeson.

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Items in Album A-15 have been assigned numbers in the range: A-15-1 to A-15-86.

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Many of the original negatives are part of the Vancouver Public Library's historical photographic collection.

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  • Box: 173-B-05