[Traveling by water in a wooden boat, likely on the Mackenzie River. View of water from a large metal boat or barge, likely the 'Reindeer'. View of dogs and a campsite from the water. View of the coastline or shoreline. Two men walking on a snow covered shoreline. View of the 'Reindeer' from alongside in the water. A herd of reindeer. Large group of men, women and children at a camp. Eating at a camp. Reindeer being herded into paddocks. Harvesting a reindeer. A group of reindeer in a paddock with canvas coats and eye masks. A duckling or baby water bird. View of a camp from the water. A woman pours liquid over blubber and whale meat is hanging on many racks. Two men harvesting a beluga whale. A siksik eating.] https://vimeo.com/911693082/f70c5ccb5f
"In the Shadow of the Pole" is Richard Finnie's film record of the Canadian Government Arctic Expedition of 1928 on the 2,700-ton sealer Beothic. Footage includes: a group of Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables in front of the Beothic prior to starting on the 8000 mile trip; supplies being loaded aboard the Beothic in North Sydney Harbour, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia; RCMP and crewmen saying goodbye to their wives at the dockside; the Beothic at sea; personnel aboard, including ice pilot Captain L.D. Morin, RCMP Inspector A.H. Joy, government medical officer Dr. L.D. Livingstone, chief of the Division of Biology at the National Museum of Canada Dr. R.M. Anderson, and Captain E. Falk of the Beothic; crewmen boxing on ship; Godhavn harbour and townsite in Greenland where the Beothic stopped for a few hours; a Greenland Inuit paddling a kayak; Danish and Inuit settlers and their houses; two men delivering milk with a cart and dogteam; icebergs in the harbour; tea being served aboard the Beothic to Danish and Inuit guests; Danish officials saying goodbye to the crew; the Beothic moving through the ice toward Baffin Island; a polar bear (known in Inuktitut as nanook) running over a stretch of sea ice; the establishment at Button Point; Inspector C.E. Wilcox of the RCMP rowing out to meet the Beothic and being greeted by expedition officer George P. Mackenzie; and Inuit breaking camp, loading dogs and gear aboard the Beothic. The establishment at Pond Inlet; an Inuit mother with her child; provisions being taken ashore by boat; the Beothic at anchor in the bay; an Inuit mother sewing; a girl playing an accordion; men walking across sea ice; the Beothic approaching Dundas Harbour, Devon Island; a flag at half-mast at the RCMP post (RCMP Constable Maisonneuve accidently shot himself while hunting walrus); Richard Finnie undressing and diving into icy water for a swim; the government supply ship Arctic; Dr. R.M. Anderson catching a sculpin fish; hills and bays near "the pole"; walrus on the ice; Greenland Inuit Nookapiungwah, a hunter, leading a walrus hunt in a kayak; a swamped whaleboat; dogs floating in the boat and being rescued by the crew; the Beothic in Fram Haven; the cairn and cross erected to explorer Dr. John N. Svendsen of the Sverdrup expedition, dated 11-6-99; the mountains at Fram Haven; Constables W.C. Beatty, N. McLean, and E. Anstead of the RCMP Fram Haven detachment; and the cross atop the mountain at Fram Haven.
The Beothic starting her homeward journey. Footage of: the Beothic caught in a great mass of heavy ice; an Inuit family being unloaded at Etah, North Greenland (they had been employed by the RCMP); dogs on the beach; a man examining an ancient Inuit dwelling in the rocks; the Beothic at anchor in the bay; Inspector A.H. Joy sitting in front of a skin tent; Richard Finnie saying goodbye to Inuit; a baby kittiwake (which became the ship's mascot) being fed; gigantic icebergs; the ice-filled waters around Cape Sparbo, Devon Island; Greenland hunter Nookapiungwah leading the way through a pall of mist as the expedition goes looking for a herd of musk oxen; two musk oxen with a dog holding them at bay; Dr. Anderson photographing the animals; one musk ox charges. During the return trip the Beothic visits Beechey Island where the Franklin expedition wintered nearly 90 years earlier (1838). Footage of: walrus swimming near the ship; the hill on Beechey Island; the remains of Northumberland House, built in 1854 by Captain Pullen; battered meat casks in the ruins; the cairn to Franklin, the tablet sent out by Lady Franklin and erected by Captain Sir Leopold McClintock in 1855; the script "To the Memory of Franklin, Crozier, Fitzjames and all their gallant brother officers...who suffered and perished...etc."; crewmen and officers examining remnants and cairn; the beached yacht Mary left by John Ross for the possible use of Franklin expedition survivors; an Inuit woman, Mrs. Penniloo, paddles a skin boat towards the Beothic and, drawing alongside, thanks them for calling; the settlement at Pangnirtung; crew going ashore and being welcomed by Inuit and RCMP; George Mackenzie, officer in charge of the expedition, handing out souvenirs; the house being built for Dr. Livingstone who is remaining at Pangnirtung to carry out medical work among the Inuit; Dr. Livingstone driving a nail in for good luck; a whaleboat bobbing in rough water at Lake Harbour bringing an Inuit pilot aboard to guide the Beothic through the maze of islets and reefs; the pilot shaking hands and talking with the crew; a scow loaded with supplies approaching; men unloading supplies; and a sign reading "Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Lake Harbour". The final port of call for the Beothic is Burwell, Cape Chidley. Footage of: whaleboats moving toward the shore; the freighter Canadian Raider, out of Montreal, stranded on the rocks after a heavy storm; an old Moravian mission house, now occupied by wireless engineers from the Department of Marine and Fisheries; the wireless tower atop a hill; a pig in a sling being swung over the ship's side into a scow; two men from the Beothic fishing for arctic char over the side; the Beothic in heavy seas with the crew securing moveable objects; an ocean liner passing the Beothic; RCMP officers lining the deck as they dock; men leaving the ship; and RCMP officers walking along Main Street, North Sydney, Nova Scotia.
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"The Arctic Patrol" is Richard Finnie's film record of the 1929, Canadian Government Arctic Expedition under the leadership of George P. Mackenzie. It begins with the departure of the sealer SS Beothic from North Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia on July 20 under Captain E. Falk and ends with the return to port on September 3. Scenes include: the departure of SS Beothic from North Sydney with the crew, RCMP officers, passengers, supplies, and livestock on board; the midnight sun - Baffin Bay at 3 a.m.; landing at Cape Sparbo on Devon Island to photograph muskoxen; ice floes and icebergs in Smith Sound and the ship ploughing through ice on the way to Bache Peninsula on the east coast of Ellesmere Island; unloading supplies for the Bache establishment; Mackenzie welcoming RCMP Inspector A.H. Joy aboard at Fram Haven; walrus in Robertson Bay, North Greenland; a tent dwelling and a native woman and her three children at Robertson Bay; Richard Finnie and RCMP Constables Kidston and Wishart bathing naked in Robertson Bay just south of Etah, Greenland; two young polar bears, chained together, playing in the water; thousands of Dovekies (Little Auks) at Robertson Bay; an ancient Eskimo stone dwelling at Pond Inlet; polar bears between Pond Inlet and Clyde River; Pangnirtung, Baffin Island: the Hudson’s Bay Post, government medical officer Dr. L.D. Livingstone boarding; native men bringing supplies ashore, native men engaging in a tug-o-war; the first stop at at Lake Harbour (now named Kimmirut); passing the Hudson’s Bay Company ship Nascopie, travelling in an easterly direction, heading for Lake Harbour; an experimental fox farm at Chesterfield Inlet; National Museum ornithologist Percy A. Taverner photographing a Semipalmated Sandpiper on deck; the second stop at Lake Harbour: the Hudson’s Bay Post, Saint Paul’s Anglican Mission, the Reverend C.L.W. Bailey, native worshippers; J. Dewey Soper, department investigator and discoverer of the nesting grounds of the Blue Goose, boarding; SS Aranmore and SS Sambro delivering material for the Department of Marine and Fisheries’ radio direction finding station at Acadia Cove, Resolution Island, shots of building operations, a cradle tramway on overhead wires erected to transport building material; natives in kayaks at Port Burwell, Cape Chidley; a fire on board ship; aerial shots of the ship; a newspaper cutting announcing "Beothic returns from supply trip to Arctic" after six weeks in Arctic regions supplying Canadian outposts.
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Item # :0001 (running time 10:00 min.) entitled "Lacombe Monument" shows missions in Alberta. Included are images of Indigenous costume and the construction of a teepee. Item # :0002 (running time 8:50 min.) entitled "Fort Providence" shows Catholic missions along the Mackenzie River. It would appear to document the tour of a bishop to the various Catholic missions in the Mackenzie region. Included in the footage are views of Fort Providence, Fort Simpson, Fort Good Hope, and Tsiigehtchic (Arctic Red River). The footage shot at Fort Simpson shows the treatment of a burn victim after one of the mission buildings burned. The footage shot at Fort Good Hope focuses primarily on the landscape and river in that area. The views of Tsiigehtchic show the church building and a "loucheux dance."
"The Igloo Dwellers" is Richard Finnie's 1930 film record of Copper Inuit at Coronation Gulf. Footage includes: Copper Inuit at Coronation Gulf; spring fishing at a stone weir; musk ox; fox; the summer reply by the RMS Nascopie; summer tents; polar bear cub; kayaks; netting fish through ice; dogsleds on the sea ice; a Fairchild landing on skis; a village at Coronation Gulf; dog sleds; Ikpuck and his wife Haiokok build an igloo; drum song and drum dancing in an igloo; heavily laden dog sleds leave; spring break up and river spear fishing.
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"Ikpuck the Igloo Dwellers" is Richard Finnie's 1930 film record of the Copper Eskimos of the Coronation Gulf. The location is fixed by use of a map, and the film covers a change of seasons. Sequences include: Inuit children harnessing dogs and sledding on sea ice; October ice fishing by nets; building kamatik sled with drill and biti; and Inuit children skipping rope. Ikpuck, an elderly man, builds an igloo and his wife, Haiokok, chinks it. Footage shows an Inuit drum dance where Ikpuck sings and dances; a winter camp and preparations for a caribou hunting trip; Ikpuck wearing slitted snow goggles; Inuit in traditional long parkas, an angijutauiuq parka, a quilittaq outer parka, and an atigi; the summer ice break-up and salmon fishing; and an old woman sharpening her uluk knife, cutting the men's catch, and eating some of it raw.
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copy of 27:15 minute 8mm original film https://vimeo.com/447893619/5a1f53f201
1) Self [C.J. Baker] in canoe on Y’Knife [Yellowknife] Bay, paddle to shore and land at the Rich [Burwash Gold Mine]
2) Old prospector, Horan, on trip with me, crossing portage.
3) Self [C.J. Baker] carrying my canoe across a portage.
4) Foot of the [Tartan Rapids] rapids where Y’Knife [Yellowknife] River enters the bay.
5) Ross starting the Kicker.
6) Ross in canoe with Kicker, towing another canoe.(note the bridle hitch).
7) Brock at the Kicker.
8) Lunch at a point on a lake. Hughie Muir and others.
9a) Big bush fire at the Rich [Gold Mine]. The crew all cutting some trees to make a fire break.
9b) More smoke and fire, as the bush fire approaches the Rich [Gold Mine].
10) My raven, Angus, on the ridge pole of my tent.
11) My Y’Knife [Yellowknife] Husky pups. [racist slur redacted] and Chief.
12) Ross and others of my party on the Walsh portage, do some shooting practice
13) Mock fight with a bear that I had just had to shoot.
14) Self [C.J. Baker] and party going across the Walsh portage.
15) One of our canoes (with kitchen) approaches and goes away into the distance
16) At my Ptarmigan Prospect Camp, the cook cuts wood for the stove.
17) Cutting a water hole through the ice. For water for our camp.
18) Self [C.J. Baker] on the ice.
19) Men on snow trail.
20) Self [C.J. Baker] and party returning to our camp.
21) [Husky dogs] Gyp and Benny alone at wood pile.
22) [Husky dogs] Gyp and Benny coming towards me.
23) At Edmonton airport, with aircraft [CF-BDG] in the ice and snow.
24) A winter panorama of Giant [Gold Mine].
25) Norseman Aircraft [CF-AM?] on ice at Giant [Gold Mine], being met by my huskies, [racist slur redacted] and Chief
26) My husky "[racist slur redacted]" at edge of ice of Y’Knife [Yellowknife] Bay near my Giant [Gold Mine] camp.
27) My raven "Angus" on a stump.
28) Our large freighter canoe.
29) Beach craft Aircraft lands on Y’Knife [CF-BBB, Yellowknife] Bay to come to the Rich [Gold Mine].
30) The pilot stands on pontoon to paddle aircraft [CF-AWR] to landing at the Rich [Gold Mine].
31) Ole Hagen at the Giant [Gold Mine].
32) My summer tent camp at the Giant [Gold Mine].
33) X-ray Diamond Drill is landed from aircraft [Junkers CF-AM? At the Rich [Gold Mine].
34) X-ray on canoe raft that we made to take it across the [Back Bay] bay to the Giant [Gold Mine].
35) Beach craft Aircraft comes into a landing at the Giant [CF-BBB Gold Mine].
36) Panorama at the Rich [Gold Mine], log cabins and tents.
37) My crew trenching on the Giant [Gold Mine].
38) Dynamite blasting at Giant [Gold Mine] workings.
39) Hughie Muir at my Giant [Gold Mine] workings.
40) Our Diamond Drill.
41) My husky "Chief' prospecting in the bush, followed by "[racist slur redacted]".
42) Long shot photo of Rich [Gold Mine] with aircraft in distance.
43) Aircraft at shore at Rich [Gold Mine]. (tail end view of Bellanca?).
44) Northern Transport Co. boat and barge at Rich [Gold Mine], and plane flying over.
45) Aircraft at shore at Rich [Gold Mine, Bellanca?].
46) Barge at the Rich [Gold Mine].
47) NT. Boat and barge at Rich [Gold Mine] dock and crew rolling off the oil drums.
48) At Rich [Gold Mine], man carries case of dynamite to permafrost dug out for storage.
49) Self [C.J. Baker] viewing big compressor just landed at the Rich [Gold Mine].
50) Mining equipment and supplies just landed at the Rich [Gold Mine] and tractor is on the move.
51) The Blacksmith shop at the Rich [Gold Mine].
52) Our tractor hauling machinery at the Rich [Gold Mine].
53) Shaft head buildings at the Rich [Gold Mine] and installing machinery.
54) Ole Hagen going down the prospect shaft at the Rich [Gold Mine].
55) Pete, at Y’Knife [Yellowknife] old town, carries in the very first spring-bed- mattress.
56) At Rich [Gold Mine], aircraft takes off. [Bellanca]
57) Large barge-boat that the Rich [Gold Mine] crew built goes away down the Bay.
58) I portage my canoe to the Bay and paddle away
[The record creator (C.J. Baker) used an anti-black racist slur as a name for one of his dogs. Previously, an archivist reproduced the racist term in the Scope and Content. In November 2022, an archivist revised the description of the photograph to redact the slur. A copy of the original description is available upon request in the accession file for N-1999-015. Please contact NWT Archives for more information or to request access to the original description.]
"Patrol to the Norwest Passage" is Richard Finnie's film record of the 1937 expedition of RMS Nascopie to the Canadian Arctic between July 9 and September 29. The Nascopie carried the first mail to be exchanged between the Eastern and the Western Arctic, along a course from Montreal, up the Labrador coast, down into Hudson Bay to Churchill, and up into the Arctic Archipelago. Ports of call: Hebron, Port Burwell, Lake Harbour, Wakeham Bay, Sugluk, Wolstenholme, Cape Smith and Port Harrison. Sequences of shipboard activities include the wedding of a white couple at Hebron, various visits by Inuit, unloading of supplies, etc. Sequences on religious and medical missions, Inuit encampments, mission hospitals, a D.O.T. post, an RCMP post and a post office. Views of ruins of Fort Prince of Wales at Churchill. Shots of an artist and his paintings of Inuit life. Sequence on stopover at Churchill, the loading of a grain carrier, the arrival of HMS Scarborough and military exercises executed by Royal Marines.
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"Dogrib Treaty" is Richard Finnie's 1939 film record of the Dogrib Indians, an Athapaskan tribe which lives between Great Bear and Great Slave lakes, shot at the time of treaty payments. The footage includes scenes from annual gathering of the Dogrib Indians of Fort Rae, N.W.T.; women making moccasins, beadwork, and fishnets; a man emptying his nets, cleaning and drying fish; boys playing checkers; a couple sharing a meal; ceremonies held under canvas with drums, chanting, and dancing; women walking to the Roman Catholic church with babies; the congregation, separated by sex; and medical checkups administered by a government doctor.
Also shown are the Hudson Bay Company, trading, church going, gambling, circle dance, drum songs, and paying treaty of $5 in $1 bills by RCMP to each man, woman and child. Elders and chiefs speak and identification cards are distributed. The chief, (possibly Chief Jimmy Bruneau), is seen conversing with government treaty officials. Also included is a sequence from a Hudson's Bay Company post where a white trader examines the furs of an Indian trapper. For reference only, request copies/copyright permission from Library & Archives Canada. http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.redirect?app=filvidandsou&id=61889&lang=eng https://vimeo.com/70083011/4764988ea4
[3 minute b&w film of one inuit child (Rebecca Webster?) and young Raymer Ross playing with sled and box of live chicks (brought by Wop May); men building an igloo; two inuit women with tattooed faces (one smoking); Raymer doing laundry in tub with mangler; women cutting and distributing something (blubber?) wrapped in paper to women and children (Margery Webster?); Lillian Ross leading dog team pulling large boat on a sled; Raymer with Jocko the sock monkey and his mother, Lillian. Read Island 1938-39] https://vimeo.com/447889669/aab11d3f97
The videocassette is a copy of an 8 mm film loaned to the NWT Archives. A related interview with Charles Reiach is in accession number N-1997-022.Reiach, Charles
Records include moving images documenting the Bluefish Power Project. The film includes footage of the construction camp and the building of a tunnel, which took place between March to December 1940.
A 9 minute film on the Bluefish (Con Hydro Dam) Power Project. The film includes footage of the construction camp and the building of a tunnel between Bluefish and Prosperous Lakes, between March and December 1940. https://vimeo.com/754416941/bc568cc7c7
Bay in front of the camp where power house discharges tail rsce.
Boat coming to land at the dock.
This group of men were members of the cat train which brought in construction supplies.
Man walking by himself is Bill Hanley an electrician from Nelson B.C.
Next man is Swanny Swanson. Also in group is Jack Campbell and Bill McNeil.
Crew cutting fire wood, mostly birch and hauled in from about three miles east.
Man washing is Willie Wylie
Workman is sharpening Timpkin bits, which were used on transmission line rock work.
R.D.7 Caterpillar tractor moving to tunnel mouth and excavating material on lake shore to tunnel mouth. Machine is being operated by Jack O'Brien.
Tractor moving through trees is a Sixty Caterpillar converted to diesel power. This machine is being operated by Jack Campbell. Being towed is a Athey cat wagon used for moving supplies to varios sites.
The man on left walking up rock dump is Mickey Hillcoat. Mickey was recruited by Consolidated to play hockey for the Kimberly Dynimaters from eastern Canada. I understand Mickey was killed over seas.
This the tunnel adit. The man with his back to us is Swanny Swanson. The other character I have forgotten.
More fire wood for camp. Tractor is a D6
Caterpillar. Picture of bay taken at midnight.
Surge tank base timbers erected by hand using a hand Tugger winch for hoisting.
Fishing in rapids for northen pike. Fisherman known only as Trig.
Scroll case for power house. Manufactured by Allis Chalmers
Blue Fish rapids.
Penstock line from tunnel to powerhouse.
Completed surge tank. Remarkable in all work done by hand labor. Building in fore ground is wash house. Next building is store house. Tent structure is cook house and dining room.
Dog teams passing through belong to trapper on way to trapline.
White building on the left is the power house. On the right is a temporary shelter used for assembling the generator.
Blue fish after freeze up. Crew excavating gravel and hauling across lake by truck.
Blasting is for rock to fill cribbing in dam construction
The dam across the river is made of timber cribbing filled with blasted rock and faced lumber.
Preparing final member to close off the river.
Final stream to be closed off. After river was closed off water was allowed to flow through the tunnel to wash out any loose material which could damage the turbine at the power house
Penstock completed except for final section connecting it to tunnel.
Last dog team owned and driven by Billy L'Argent. I understand Billy was drowned the next summer while working on removal of equipment from job site
[Otto home film footage of Canol Trail construction in winter and summer. Highlights include the use of a pile driver for bridge construction, excavation work with a large tracked steam shovel, and tree removal by a tractor fitted with a snowplow. Also includes footage of tractors stuck in mud, overturned machinery, camp shelters, and men cooking food over open fires.] https://vimeo.com/686874085/fe9877b2cf
"Canol" is Richard Finnie's 1944 documentary film on the planning and construction of the 1600 mile pipeline system to convey crude oil from Norman Wells, North West Territories, to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, the Alaska Highway, and the erection of an oil refinery at Whitehorse; all part of the CANOL defense project undertaken by the Canadian and United States's governments in 1942, designed to increase the production of oil in the Northwest Territories to supply the armed forces in northern Canada and Alaska during World War II. Film sequences showing the rigorous conditions civilians and army engineers worked in; the pioneering and construction of all the essential supply lines; the erection of relay camps, construction of air fields, and the installation of telephone lines and pumping stations, etc.
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The video contains footage of Yellowknife, including a panorama of the town, streets scenes and buildings. It also has footage of the Peg Tantalum mine, footage of a plane taking of and landing in Port Radium, an aerial view of Fort Smith and footage of Coppermine. Dr. Paris B. Stockdale, a geologist from the University Of Tennessee, shot the original 16 mm film in July 1946. He was traveling across Canada with stock speculator, Harry Beekner, who owned stock in Canadian gold mines. In addition, there is also footage of the Fort McMurray, Alberta airport, Noranda/Val D'or Mining District in northwestern Quebec, the Noranda District in Ontario and Flin Flon, Manitoba.
This fonds consists of one Betacam video containing footage of Yellowknife, Peg Tantalum mine, a plane taking off and landing in Port Radium, an aerial view of Fort Smith and footage of Coppermine. Dr. Paris B. Stockdale, a geologist from the University Of Tennessee, shot the original 16 mm film in July 1946. A BetaCam copy was made in October 2002. In addition, there is also footage of the Fort McMurray, Alberta airport, Noranda/Val D'or Mining District in northwestern Quebec, the Noranda District in Ontario and Flin Flon, Manitoba.Stockdale, Dr. Paris B.
One BetaCam video containing footage of Yellowknife, including a panoramas of the town, streets scenes and buildings, footage of the Peg Tantalum mine, footage of a plane taking of and landing in Port Radium, an aerial view of Fort Smith and footage of Coppermine. Dr. Paris B. Stockdale, a geologist from the University Of Tennessee, shot the original 16 mm film in July 1946. He was traveling across Canada with stock speculator, Harry Beekner, who owned stock in Canadian gold mines. In addition, there is also footage of the Fort McMurray, Alberta airport, Noranda/Val D'or Mining District in northwestern Quebec, the Noranda District in Ontario and Flin Flon, Manitoba. https://vimeo.com/pwnhc/nwta-n-2002-026-0001
[Otto home film footage of prospecting activities and landscapes. Footage highlights include the loading of airplane on floats with supplies, men prospecting, canvas tents and camp supplies, and aerial footage of bodies of water, Jolliffe Island, Yellowknife, and Latham Island. Garsky? Garskie?] https://vimeo.com/686866531/a1a4810472