STK-ID 24559

Various shots of the potlatch and totem pole raising ceremony held in August 1969 in Masset, Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands), British Columbia: various MSs of young and old Haida men and women in traditional clothing, an old woman seated on chair, others in civilian clothes, people taking pictures. Shot of Haida artist Robert Davidson in ceremonial clothing and headdress, speaking on the public address system, of other men holding microphones close to him. Shots of Haida VIP's in red trimmed capes standing against a large painting of the thunderbird, sitting and watching the raising of the totem. Shots of elderly women dressed in ceremonial clothing, singing and dancing. CS of a man and a woman showing the designs of their ceremonial clothing to the camera. Various shots of many people gathered outside and getting ready for the potlatch in Masset.


Excerpt from
This Was the Time
Haida Gwaii
National Film Board
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Reel 35 mm, HDCAM SR, Digital Video Disk
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35mm eastman color neg
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1920 x 1080