More information about this distinguished looking couple is not available, although it is one of the earliest studio portraits of First Nations people on the Northwest Coast, taken in Victoria by Hannah Maynard. Government of BC (text added) Most of the Places of Origin for the Kwakiutl tribes including the Komkiutis are located on Vancouver Island (left) between Port Hardy and Robson Bight.
Following the building of the fort, the Kwakiutl population was decimated. By 1906 the total population was reduced to 104 people.
Several Nahwitti were killed including Chief Nancy who had earlier been favourably described as "a grave, pensive, and handsome man" by the British governor of the Indian Territories, Sir George Simpson.
Over its entrance was a sign saying: "Boston - he is the head chief of the Newette (He is true and honest and he dont give no trouble to whiteman)." mdasbe', 1881.
Jacobsen's Reise, 1884 The Raven mask (above and right) in Berlin is described in the Museum of Ethnology's catalogue as an important part of the Hamatsa Dance: "With its long beak Raven picks out the eyes of its victims and eats them." Franz Boas recorded some of the Raven legends of the Nahwitti during his 1886 visit and later published them in his classic book Indianische Sagen von der Nord - Pacifischen Küste Amerikas (1895).
See Franz Boas, Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians.
He also recorded the ancestral story of the Wa'tsuxuioa house and drew its painted facade (left).
Officials weren't immediately able to determine the cause of death because of the heat of the fire. "I know that this announcement will never bring Pamela back," Kurvers said in a statement Monday.
"I can only hope it brings some comfort and answers to her family and the community." Wokeley has a criminal record dating back more than a decade, with convictions for for mischief, resisting arrest, breaching probation and uttering threats.
The display of such unique and striking objects in European museums and books communicates not only their aesthetic qualities and ethnological signficance but also the power and authority of colonial elites over the indigenous peoples.
In this light, the masks can be seen playing the reprehensible role as trophies of victory, mastery, ownership, control and domination.
book published in London in 1847; "Journey Round the World During the Years 18."mdasbe' (Humdaspe), meaning "place where there is otter." Almost untouched by white influence, this conservative village on Hope Island (right) was the principal home of the people known as the Nahwitti (the Yutlinuk, Tlatlasikwala and Nakomgilisala tribes) during the second half of the 19th century.
Jacobsen reported that the Nahwitti were not keen to part with their ceremonial masks and required much persuasion. Boas illustrated four of the named houses in the village (above) in his first major scholarly book, published in 1895.
Fort Rupert was a hub for steamships serving HBC posts and other trade centres.