Item : CVA 586-786 - [Harry James sitting with masks]

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[Harry James sitting with masks]

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Photographer's stamps on print attribute photograph to Steffens-Colmer Photo Company and Don Coltman Photo

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AM1545-S3-: CVA 586-786

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  • [between 1941 and 1943] (Creation)

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1 photograph : b&w acetate negative ; 12 x 9 cm

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Item is a photograph taken at the Nanaimo Reserve showing Harry James with masks. Inscription on verso of print: "No. 2994 - Indian ceremonial masks are handed down generation to generation. This Indian is nearly 80 years of age and keeps these masks hidden in an old chest in a smoke house on the Reservation. Considerable coaxing was necessary before he would produce them for photographing. It is his belief that if he should lose them a curse would descend upon his family. Don Coltman Photo."

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Mirroring, acetic acid

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Donated by Donn B.A. Williams in 1987


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Original negative is in frozen storage. Please refer to the digital file.

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Description revised 2023: Title revised from “[“Cowichan Band Indian with very old masks, Nanaimo Reserve”]” that had been supplied by the caption for a copy of the same photograph at the Royal BC Museum.

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Photographer's number 2994

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  • Box: F03-A-06