Friday, 26 April 2013

Conversations with Khatsalano: CE-QUAL-LIA, or SE-QUAIL-YAH, 1953

Through the magics of modern technology, i have inadvertently transformed this image of Sequailyah cooking salmon, from a single photographic image, to three. I have had to relocate her in the Vancouver Archives, to represent the photograph accurately:

This is a pretty good visual reminder of how difficult it may be, to locate and translate woman's history and indigenous history through all the many filters that stand between the simplest living moment, and the "on the record" versions.

The desire to make a page available as an image, from the pdf of the book, is what led to the threefold extraction of the photograph.


August Jack Khatsalano, 1941 (image source)

Conversations with Khahtsahlano, 1932-1954

Transcribed conversations between City Archivist J.S.Matthews and August Jack Khahtsahlano about early First Nations life in the Vancouver area. Includes maps of local place names, sketches photographs and index.

Image used on book cover from 1946

I have been researching local place names, and Lee Maracle drew my attention to this book. Among the numerous conversations recorded were interviews with a focus on place names. 

But the conversations, with Khatsalano and many other informants (both indigenous and settler), range very widely beyond the water-centric and the geographical: Khatsahlano comes through as a patient informant and knowledgeable historian, and occasionally as the recipient of some pretty dubious questions, to which he responded or not as seemed the more sensible route.

The photos of August Jack Khatsalano and Se Quali Yah are presented as pages 72 C and 72 D, on page 96 in the PDF. The book is available via the Internet Archive, and both photos are also available via the Vancouver  Archives.

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