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Photographs of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

Call Number: WA Photos Folio 178
Description of Photographs
Photographs of Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands), British Columbia, created during the summer of 2012, that document the Haida and Kwakwak'awakw (also known as Kwakiutl) people and cultures.

Images of Haida include portraits of Haida artisans Christian White and Vernon White as well as dancers from the Tluu Xaada Naay Society (Canoe Peoples House) including Roberta Kennedy (Haida name Kung Jaadee), Cynthia Anne Samuels (Haida name Gulee), Tiffany Amber Vanderhoop, and Bryce Williams (member of the Coast Salish). Includes images from the coronation of Allen Davidson (Haida name Skil Hiilans) from the St'langng Laanaas clan as one of the potlatched hereditary leaders of Haida, which was also attended by fellow Haida leader Roy Collison (Haida name Gya awhlans) of the Kuun Laanaas clan. Other images include the burning of a headdress by Georgia Liddle Bennett (Haida name K'inggay 'liwaans).

Images related to the Kwakwak'awakw include views at Alert Bay on Cormorant Island of totem poles, the "big house," and the derelict St. Michael’s Indian Residential School. A group of images document a potlatch at the big house in Alert Bay led by Beau Dick (Kwakwak'awakw name Walas Gwa’yam) that includes an initiation ceremony for the Hamatsa society, dances, and the burning of traditional masks with identified attendees including Corey Bullpit, Bill Cranmer, Gwaliga Hart, and Christian White.

The collection also includes a view of the mural, Sunset Whale Tail, by Jeff King at Prince Rupert.

Signed, numbered, and dated by the photographer on versos of prints.

Edition number 1 of 15.
Language of Materials
Inscriptions in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The Owen Luck, Photographs of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Owen Luck on the Walter McClintock Memorial Fund, 2013.
Arranged by the photographer.
5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Related Names
Luck, Owen Craig, 1947-
Owen Luck
Language of Materials