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Ben Calf Robe, 1951
Ben Calf Robe, 1951
NA-1833-1

Fran Fraser's Blackfoot Culture collection

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Table of Contents

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Series 1 Blackfoot interviews and music. -- 1956-1977
Series 2 Photographs. - 1930s-1965

Inventory

Series 1 Blackfoot interviews and music. -- 1956-1977. -- 12 cm of textual records. -- 27 audio reels. -- 8 audio cassettes
M-37 Rosie Ayoungman. -- 1969. -- 5 cm of textual records. -- Consists of transcripts of interviews with Rosie Ayoungman about the Blackfoot language and folklore. The original sound recordings are call nuimber RBT-23 and RCT-24. See below.
RBT-23 Rosie Ayougnman. -- 1969. -- 2 audio reels. -- Consists of a recorded interview with Rosie Ayoungman abou the Blackfoot language. For transcript see M-37 above.
RBT-24 Rosie Ayoungman. -- 1969. -- 5 audio reels. -- Consists of recorded interviews with Rosie Ayoungman, conducted by Fran Fraser at the Baker Memorial Sanatorium. For transcripts, see M-37 above.
M-4382 Blackfoot songs. -- 1956-1961. -- 1 cm of textual records. -- Consists of explanations, translations and commentaries regarding Blackfoot music recorded at the Crowfoot Residential School at Cluny by Fran Fraser and George Gooderham in 1956-1957. The original sound recordings are RBT-2 & 3. See below.
RBT-2 & 3 Blackfoot songs. -- 1956-1957. -- 4 audio cassettes. -- Consists of Blackfoot songs recorded at the Crowfoot Residential School at Cluny by Fran Fraser and George Gooderham. See M-4382 above for commentary.
RBT-29-(4, 6, 7 & 8) Blackfoot songs., pow wow songs. -- 4 audio reels. -- Includes songs recorded by the A-1 Club in Cluny.
RBT-28 Blackfoot sun dance. -- 1964. -- 3 audio reels. -- Consists of cutting hides ceremony of the Blackfoot sun dance, recorded by Fran Fraser.
RBT-29-12 Blackfoot dances. -- 1 audio cassette. -- Includes women's war dance.
RBT-29-11 Blood songs, Stand Off. -- 1977. -- 1 audio cassette
M-4361 Mrs. Richard Brass. -- [ca. 1956]. -- 15 pages. -- Consists of an account of the Blackfoot tobacco dance ceremony by Mrs. Brass, edited by Fran Fraser.
RCT-25 Ben Calf Robe. -- 1969. -- 1 audio cassette. -- Consists of a recorded interview with Ben Calf Robe, including reminiscences of the Calgary Stampede.
RBT-29-(3 & 4) Joe Cat Face. -- 1960s. -- 2 audio reels. -- Consists of the story of the Blackfoot and the Crows; Ekotskina (Calf Looking wife); Blackfoot coal mines. Recorded in Blackfoot and in translation.
RCT-12-1 Hugh Dann and Allan Bill. -- 1962. -- 1 audio reel. -- Consists of interviews (undertaken by Fran Fraser) with Hugh Dann and Allan Bill about Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance.
RBT-29-(1 & 2) Jack Kipp and One Gun. -- 1971. -- 2 audio reels. -- Consists of coyote songs of the Blackfoot by Jack Kipp and One Gun; crazy dog ceremony and prayers for Joe Bear Robe, deceased; and transfer ceremony for Steve Many Fires and Dan Wolfleg.
M-4378 Amos Leather. -- 1970. -- 11 pages. -- Consists of descriptions of Blackfoot dances, including the prairie chicken dance, hoop dance, owl dance and grass dance.
RBT-26-1

Amos Leather. -- 1968. -- 1 audio reel. -- Consists of the following stories. The recording is in the Blackfoot language:

Yellow Coming Down
Ghost story re Wolf Collar
The Swimming Skull
The Old Woman Who Talked to Animals

RBT-26-2 Amos Leather translations. -- 1973. -- 1 audio reel. -- Consists of translations of Amos Leather stories, including Yellow Coming Down, Ghost story re Wolf Collar, and The Swimming Skull. The translations were done by Emily Duck Chief.
M-4393 Little Chief. -- 1966. -- 62 pages. -- Consists of Little Chief's manuscript on the Blackfoot tobacco dance, edited by Fran Fraser; and a version of the owl medicine story, told to Fran Fraser by Slay, owner of the Owl Lodge.
M-4397 Mary Many Guns. -- 1966. -- 9 pages. -- Consists of a translation by Rosaries Red Gun of a recorded interview with Mrs. Many Guns about the legend of the Snake Lodge. The original sound recording is RBT-27-1.
RBT-27 Mary Many Guns and Cyril Olds. -- 1966. -- 3 audio reels. -- Consists of recorded interviews with Mary Many Guns about Blackfoot legends and her reminiscences; and with Cyril Olds about tipi designs.
M-4843-94 Old Sun Residential School studentss. -- 1969. -- 1 cm of textual records. -- Consists of a photocopy of legends written by students at Old Sun Residential School (originals are at M-2015), accompanied by comments by Fran Fraser.
RBT-29-9 Louisa Scott - Story of Apik. -- 1 audio cassette. -- No details.
RBT-29-10 Treaty 7 commemorative ceremony. -- [1977?]. -- 1 audio casette. -- No details.
RBT-26-4 Paul Wolf Collar. -- 1969. -- 1 audio reel. -- Consists of songs and story about Crowfoot's signing of Treaty 7.
Series 2 Photographs. -- 1930s-1965. -- 48 photographs

Some of these photographs have been scanned. View now.

PA-732 Blackfoot sun dance. -- 1956, 1965. -- 39 photographs. -- Consists of 3 views of pupils in a classroom at Old Sun Residential School (1956); and 36 views of a sun dance (1965).
PA-1066 Blackfoot views. -- [ca. 1930s-1940s]. -- 8 photographs. -- Consists of views of the sacrifice lodge, Blackfoot reserve, and Blackfoot personalities.
NA-1833 Ben Calf Robe. -- 1951. -- 1 photograph. -- Consists of a view of Ben Calf Robe wearing a medicine hat and holding the buffalo shield.
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