Fonds 105 - Henri Posset fonds

Henri Posset fonds Henri Posset fonds Henri Posset fonds Henri Posset fonds Henri Posset fonds

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Henri Posset fonds

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  • 1957-1964, 1987 (Creation)
    Posset, Henri

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1 folder of textual material
2 DAT audio cassettes
2 audio reels

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Henri Posset was born on May 5, 1925 in Belgium. He entered the Oblates Order of Mary Immaculate on September 8, 1947 and was ordained as a priest on February 19, 1950. In 1950, he moved to Canada and went to Hay River where he spent the following two years learning Slavey. Between 1952 and 1956, he worked as a priest at Fort Providence. From 1956 until 1981 he was based at Fort Simpson, and in 1982 moved to Fort Norman (Tulita) where he ran the Oblate mission until 1993. Henri Posset died on January 3, 1993.

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This fonds consists of 2 DAT audiocassettes, 2 audio reels and one centimeter of textual material. The two DAT audiocassettes and 2 audio reels contain recordings done by Father Henri Posset. The first recording was made in September 1957. It consists of drumming and chanting taped in Jean Marie River and Fort Franklin, fiddle music from Fort Franklin and various Slavey legends related by Johnny Betseda of Fort Simpson and Jean Marie Punch of Fort Providence. The second recordings with John Tsetso were made on April 1, 1964 in St. Margaret's Hospital at Fort Simpson. In this recording, Tsetso narrates, in Slavey, the first three chapters of his book, "Trapping is my Life", which was published in February 1964. He also relates two other stories about summer and winter. The fonds also contains two letters written by Father Posset which provide some biographical information on Johnny Betseda, John Tsetso and Jean Marie Punch. There is also a typed transcript of an interview between Father Posset and William Nerysoo, Sr., relating to Gwich'in personal names, which was conducted on November 23, 1987.

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Audio reels were reformatted onto DAT audio cassettes in 1988 for preservation reasons.


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