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Other Name
HOLY WOMAN (TRADITIONAL)
Date Range From
1800
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BUCKSKIN, LACE, GLASS BEADS, SINEW, DENTALIUM SHELL,RAWHIDE, HUMAN HAIR
Catalogue Number
P19641192000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HOLY WOMAN (TRADITIONAL)
Date Range From
1800
Date Range To
1900
Materials
BUCKSKIN, LACE, GLASS BEADS, SINEW, DENTALIUM SHELL,RAWHIDE, HUMAN HAIR
No. Pieces
1
Description
4.5 CM CIRCUMFERENCE. BLACK GLASS BEADS & DENTALIUM SHELL BEADS STRUNG ON BUCKSKIN THONG. HUMAN HAIR PENDANT WRAPPED WITH RAWHIDE & SINEW ATTACHED TO NECK THONG. 7 BLACK BEADS. CONSERVATION REPORT ON FILE.
Subjects
ADORNMENT
PERSONAL SYMBOL
INDIGENOUS
Historical Association
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
NORTHERN PLAINS CULTURE - BLACKFOOT ORIGIN. WORN BY BLACKFOOT HOLY WOMAN DURING SUN DANCE CEREMONY. NECKLACE IS 1 OF THE TRADITIONAL PIECES OFHOLY WOMAN'S REGALIA. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON ASKED TWO FORMER MEMBERS OF THE LETHBRIDGE JUNIOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, PHIL EDMUNDSON AND PAUL RUSZNAK, ABOUT THE FIRST NATIONS ARTIFACTS THAT THE GROUP DONATED TO THE GALT MUSEUM IN 1964, 1969, AND 1973. NEITHER RECALLED HOW THE JAYCEES CAME INTO OWNERSHIP OF THE ARTIFACTS, AS THEIR ACQUISITION PREDATED BOTH EDMUNDSON AND RUSZNAK’S MEMBERSHIP IN THE CHAMBER. RESEARCH CONDUCTED INTO LETHBRIDGE’S GURNEY MUSEUM FOUND A CONNECTION BETWEEN ITS PROPRIETOR, WALTER GURNEY, AND THE JAYCEES, WHO ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE FROM THE APRIL 16, 1946 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ADVOCATED ON GURNEY’S BEHALF FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO BE MADE TO THE FORMER BOARD OF TRADE BUILDING WHERE THE MUSEUM WAS HOUSED. AN ARTICLE FROM THE JULY 13, 1948 ISSUE OF THE HERALD DESCRIBES SOME OF THE FIRST NATIONS ARTIFACTS ON DISPLAY IN THE MUSEUM: “TOMAHAWKS, ARROW HEADS, PEACE PIPES, BEAD AND LEATHER WORK, CLOTHING AND WOODCRAFT”. UPON THE CLOSURE OF THE MUSEUM AND SALE OF GURNEY’S COLLECTION TO BELMORE SCHULTZ OF THE ALTAMONT MUSEUM IN COUTTS, MENTION WAS MADE IN A HERALD ARTICLE FROM MAY 16, 1961 OF “HISTORICAL INDIAN RELICS THAT BELONG TO THE JUNIOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAVE BEEN RETAINED IN THE CITY AND WILL BE AVAILABLE WHEN PROPER DISPLAY FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE”. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE ARTIFACTS WERE TRANSFERRED TO THE JAYCEES BY GURNEY DURING THE DISSOLUTION OF HIS MUSEUM, BUT NO FURTHER CONFIRMATION WAS FOUND. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE GURNEY MUSEUM AND ITS COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19890044001.
UPDATE 16 AUGUST 2017: ON 25 JULY 2017, MUSEUM CURATOR AIMEE BENOIT FOUND EVIDENCE TO CONNECT THE INDIGENOUS COLLECTION DONATED BY THE LETHBRIDGE JAYCEES (AKA. JUNIOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE) WITH FORMER LETHBRIDGE RESIDENTS THE LATE FRED BOTSFORD AND HIS LATE DAUGHTER DOROTHY CLARK. NOTES MADE BY AIMEE ON THE DISCOVERY AS WELL AS RELEVANT CLIPPINGS FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD CAN BE FOUND ATTACHED TO THE PERMANENT FILE OF P19641140000.
Catalogue Number
P19641192000
Acquisition Date
1964-07
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
BONE & SHELL (SET)
Date Range From
1800
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS BEADS, SHELLS, BONE, BUCKSKIN
Catalogue Number
P19738052000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BONE & SHELL (SET)
Date Range From
1800
Date Range To
1900
Materials
GLASS BEADS, SHELLS, BONE, BUCKSKIN
No. Pieces
2
Diameter
20.3
Description
MADE OF WHITE GLASS BEADS (CYLINDRICAL TYPE), FLAT BONE BEADS, COWERY SHELLS STRUNG ON BUCKSKIN. CONSERVATION REPORT ON FILE.
Subjects
INDIGENOUS
ADORNMENT
Historical Association
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
NORTHERN PLAINS CULTURE. SHELLS PROBABLY TRADED FROM WEST COAST. TRADE NETWORKS FROM THE COAST TO THE INTERIOR ALREADY WELL ESTABLISHED BY TIME OF WHITE CONTACT. DENTALIUM & COWRY SHELLS WERE HIGHLY PRIZED TRADE ITEMS & WERE CONSIDERED BY SOME RESEARCHERS TO HAVE BEEN A FORM OF CURRENCY.
Catalogue Number
P19738052000
Acquisition Date
1973-07
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
PLAINS INDIGENOUS, SET OF 2
Date Range From
1800
Date Range To
1900
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WILLOW STICKS, COTTON FLANNEL, BEADWORK, PAINT
Catalogue Number
P19738058000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PLAINS INDIGENOUS, SET OF 2
Date Range From
1800
Date Range To
1900
Materials
WILLOW STICKS, COTTON FLANNEL, BEADWORK, PAINT
No. Pieces
2
Description
.1 28 CM WTH. (TOP) 87.7 CM (BASE) X 127 CM LTH. TRIANGULAR BACK REST CONSTRUCTED OF WILLOW STICKS LASHED WITH SINEW. BACKREST IS EDGED WITH SEWN COTTON STRIPS AND GREEN FLANNEL TAPE DOWN SIDE. HEAD PIECE IS CONSTRUCTED OF BLACK FLANNEL EDGED WITH RED FLANNEL, INSET WITH RED FLANNEL GEOMETRIC DESIGNS ARE OUTLINED IN BROWN AND WHITE BEADS. PICTOGRAPH STORY OUTLINING A BATTLE IS PAINTED IN BLACK ON THE BACK REST SURFACE. .2 25.4 CM WTH. (TOP) 83.8 CM (BASE) X 130.8 CM LTH. TRIANGULAR BACK REST CONSTRUCTED OF WILLOW STICKS LASHED WITH SINEW. BACKREST IS EDGED WITH SEWN COTTON STRIPS AND GREEN FLANNEL TAPE DOWN SIDES. HEAD PIECE IS MADE OF RED FLANNEL EDGED WITH BLACK COTTON AND WHITE BEADS GEOMETRIC DESIGN BROWN EDGED WITH BLUE & BLUE EDGED WITH BROWN PICTOGRAPH STORY OUTLINING A BATTLE AND RAID IS PAINTED IN BLACK PAINT ON THE BACKREST SURFACE. CONSERVATION REPORT ON FILE.
Subjects
INDIGENOUS
FURNITURE
Historical Association
ETHNOGRAPHIC
History
PLAINS INDIGENOUS.
Catalogue Number
P19738058000
Acquisition Date
1973-07
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
FOB CHAIN, SEAL & MATCHSAFE
Date Range From
1800
Date Range To
1870
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PEWTER, GOLD, AMBER AGATE
Catalogue Number
P19860015000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FOB CHAIN, SEAL & MATCHSAFE
Date Range From
1800
Date Range To
1870
Materials
PEWTER, GOLD, AMBER AGATE
No. Pieces
3
Description
.1 MATCHSAFE. 5.8 CM HT. X 3.2 CM WTH. PEWTER. HINGED LID WITH RING ON TOP TO WHICH FOB CHAIN IS ATTACHED, MATCH STRIKER ON BOTTOM. KNURLED FRONT AND BACK, SMOOTH FINISHED 1.5 CM CIRCLE ON FRONT. .2 SEAL. 4.2 CM HT. X 2.5 CM DIA. (WTH) X 3.1 CM DIA. (LTH). GOLD, AMBER AGATE. OVAL BASE MOUNTED ON GOLD FLUTED STEM, AMBER AGATE IN OVAL BASE, INLAID IS A UNICORN HEAD FORMING THE CREST, ON SHIELD ARE SIX FLEUR DE LIS WITH A CRESCENT IN CENTRE. .3 CHAIN. 44 CM LTH.GOLD? 4 CHAINS ATTACHED AT EACH END TO RINGS TO WHICH ARE ATTACHED SWIVEL HOOKS ONE END HOOKED ONTO MATCHSAFE, OTHER END TO SEAL.
Subjects
ADORNMENT
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
MR. THOMAS PERRY WAS THE GODSON AND NEPHEW OF MRS. WILLIAM LETHBRIDGE & INHERITED THESE ARTICLES. DONOR BELIEVES HER FATHER WORE THESE ITEMS UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1957. MR. PERRY KEPT THE MATCHSAFE ON THE WATCH CHAIN SO THAT IT WOULD BE HANDY TO LIGHT HIS PIPE. IMMIGRATED TO CANADA FROM TAVISTOCK, DEVON, ENGLAND (HOMETOWN OF WILLIAM LETHBRIDGE) IN 1897, HE MARRIED ANNIE MAY GIBSON IN 1911. THEY HOMESTEADED NORTH OF CALGARY. DONOR WAS BORN IN 1912. *UPDATE* IN 2017, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF BOXED TEXTILE ARTIFACTS INCLUDING OBJECTS WITH RELATED LOCATION CODES, WHICH INCLUDED THIS FOB. DURING THE RESEARCH, FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOB WAS FOUND IN THE PERMANENT FILES. ONE DOCUMENT STATES MR. THOMAS PERRY, THE DONOR'S FATHER, "HAD RECEIVED THE SEAL (THE FOB WITH THE LETHBRIDGE FAMILY SEAL) AFTER MARGARET LETHBRIDGE'S DEATH, AT SOME TIME PRIOR TO 1935... MRS. LETHRBIDGE WAS THOMAS PERRY'S MOTHER'S SISTER, AND HIS GODMOTHER." A BRIEF FAMILY HISTORY SUBMITTED BY KERFOOT AT THE TIME OF THE ARTIFACT'S DONATION IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THE PERMANENT FILE. THIS DOCUMENT EXPLAINS THAT THE DONOR'S FATHER EMIGRATED TO CANADA AROUND 1897 AT THE AGE OF 21 WHERE HE BEGAN FARMING NORTH OF CALGARY. THIS DOCUMENT ALSO STATES THE DONOR'S MOTHER, ANNIE MAY GIBSON, "TRAINED AS A NURSE AT THE CALGARY GENERAL HOSPITAL, 1905-1907, GRADUATING AS A REGISTERED NURSE IN 1907. SHE WORKED AS HEAD NIGHT NURSE AT THE GENERAL FOR A TIME, AND LATER WORKED AT A TB SANATARIUM IN CALIFORNIA... BEFORE HER MARRIAGE." THE FAMILY HISTORY ALSO STATES THAT THE DONOR, JESSIE KERFOOT, WAS BORN IN 1912 AND ATTENDED ST. HILDA'S IN CALGARY FROM 1920-1929. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19860014000-GA FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P19860015000
Acquisition Date
1985-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Date Range From
1840
Date Range To
1850
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
OAK?, CANE
Catalogue Number
P19880059010
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1840
Date Range To
1850
Materials
OAK?, CANE
No. Pieces
1
Height
85.0
Length
36.0
Width
42.0
Description
HANDMADE, ONE OF A SET OF 6. WOVEN CANE SEAT, BRITTLE, DAMAGED. DOWEL FITTED RUNGS- 2 SLATS BACK- ONE REPAIRED. PROBABLY MADE USING PLANE OR SPOKE SHAVE AND SAW TO FORM FRAME SLATS & DOWELLS. FINISH IS DETERIORATED. CHAIR HAS A NUMBER OF CRACKS, GAUGES ALL OVER. NAILS IN BACK OF SLAT LOOK LIKE THEY MAY HAVE BEEN ADDED. WHITE STAIN ON SEAT.
Subjects
FURNITURE
Historical Association
FURNISHINGS
History
SAID TO HAVE BEEN MADE BY ANDERSON SIMON (1819-1905) FOR HIS WIFE LUCINDA (1826-1913). PASSED TO DAUGHTER EPHA BELLE THEN TO HER SON RAY DAVIS (FATHER OF DONOR) ASSUMED TO HAVE BEEN MADE ABOUT 1842. *UPDATE* IN 2010 NICOLE HEMBROFF TALKED WITH THE DONOR, DORIS SCHEIBNER, WITH REGARD TO HER DONATIONS. THIS ARTIFACT WAS PART OF A SURVEY OF PALLET RACKING. SEE BELOW. SCHEIBNER RECEIVED THE CHAIR FROM HER FATHER RAY DAVIS. HE TOO HAD INHERITED THE CHAIR FROM PREVIOUS GENERATIONS. THE FAMILY LIVED IN SEDGEWICK, AB SCHEIBNER USED THE CHAIR AS A SMALL CHILD. IT SAT BESIDE HER BED AND ACCORDING TO DORIS, “THAT’S WHERE MY CLOTHES LAY OVER NIGHT. AS FAR AS I WAS CONCERNED IT WAS JUST PART OF THE FURNITURE. BUT MY FATHER WAS VERY PARTICULAR ABOUT IT AND MADE US HANDLE IT VERY CAREFULLY.” THE CHAIR WAS NEVER USED AT ANY TIME AFTER THAT. “IT WAS TOO FRAIL AND SEEMED TO BE SUCH A SMALL CHAIR. PEOPLE IN THOSE DAYS USED SMALLER CHAIRS.” HER FATHER DIDN’T USE THE CHAIR WHILE IT WAS IN HIS POSSESSION BECAUSE HE THOUGHT IT WAS TOO VALUABLE, ALTHOUGH HE DEEMED IT ALRIGHT FOR CHILDREN (DUE TO ITS SIZE). IN HIS LATER YEARS HE LOANED IT TO HIS COUSIN, WILL SIMONS, WHO ALSO LIVED IN SEDGEWICK. WILL FORGOT TO RETURN THE CHAIR AND RAY “WENT OVER IN A GREAT RAGE TO RETRIEVE IT. HE DIDN’T WANT TO LOSE THAT CHAIR. HE WAS VERY PROTECTIVE OF THE CHAIR AND MOTHER DIDN’T LIKE ANYTHING OLD. IF SHE HAD HER WAY IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THROWN OUT.” DORIS’ FATHER PRIZED ANYTHING FROM IOWA. THOSE ITEMS WERE PRIZED BECAUSE OF DIVISIONS IN THE FAMILY. “HE DIDN’T FEEL THAT HE GOT HIS SHARE OF THE TREASURES THEY HAD.” HER FATHER’S FAMILY HAD COME TO ALBERTA AS HOMESTEADERS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 1904 AND THEY RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1914, “BUT THEY LEFT A LOT OF THINGS IN THE HOUSE FOR MY FATHER.” THE CHAIR WAS AMONG THE ITEMS LEFT BEHIND. HER FATHER WOULD HAVE BEEN 14 WHEN HIS FAMILY CAME UP FROM THE USA. HE WENT TO A LOCAL SCHOOL AND HOMESTEADED. HE SOLD HIS HOMESTEAD AND WENT TO MCTAVISH BUSINESS COLLEGE IN EDMONTON. AFTER THAT HE “WORKED IN A STORE, MARRIED MY MOTHER CHRISTINA JACOBSON (FROM NORWAY), AND HIS PARENTS WENT BACK TO THE STATES TO TAKE OVER THE FARM. HE LIKED FARMING BUT HE WASN’T A STRONG MAN.” WHILE SCHEIBNER DOESN’T KNOW HOW HER PARENTS MET, SHE KNOWS THEY ONLY LIVED TEN MILES APART. DORIS’ MOTHER ALSO CAME WITH HER LARGE FAMILY TO ALBERTA IN 1906 IN ORDER TO HOMESTEAD; CHRISTINA WAS 10 AT THE TIME. SCHEIBNER DOESN’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HER GRANDMOTHER, EPHA BELLE. SHE MENTIONED EPHA BELLE WAS A RED HEAD WHO HAD APPARENTLY INHERITED SOME MONEY FROM HER FATHER. “SHE WAS ABLE TO LOAN THE RURAL COMMUNITY WHERE SHE LIVED IN THE COUNTRY MONEY TO BUILD A LOCAL SCHOOL.” THE SCHOOL WAS NAMED “PARK.” WHEN THE CHAIR WAS NO LONGER IN USE, IT WAS STORED IN AN UPSTAIRS BEDROOM. SHE DONATED THE CHAIR TO THE GALT BECAUSE SHE WAS AFRAID THAT IF SHE LEFT IT SITTING IN HER HOUSE IT WOULD FALL APART AND NO ONE WOULD KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ITS HISTORY ONCE SHE WAS GONE. SHE WANTED TO PRESERVE IT. SCHEIBNER GREW UP ON A FARM NEAR SEDGWICK, AB. IT WAS A HOMESTEAD. SCHEIBNER SAID, “WHEN I WAS GROWING UP IN THE ‘20S AND ‘30S TIMES WERE HARD. WE LIVED OFF FARM (MIXED) PRODUCE. BUT WE DIDN’T KNOW WE WERE ‘POOR’ – WE WERE JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.” SHE LEFT TO GO TO SCHOOL IN 1939. SHE WENT TO “NORMAL SCHOOL” IN EDMONTON, AB. SHE WAS A TEACHER AND SHE ATTENDED UNIVERSITY TO IMPROVE HERSELF. SHE GOT MARRIED TO A FARMER – LAWRENCE SCHEIBNER. SHE STOPPED TEACHING AFTER THAT. SHE LIVED AT THE FARM AND HAD FIVE CHILDREN. IN 1975 HER AND HER HUSBAND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. THEY DIDN’T FARM AT THAT TIME, AS HE HAD RETIRED. THEY REMAINED IN LETHBRIDGE FOR THIRTY YEARS BEFORE THEY MOVED TO BROOKS, ALBERTA. SCHEIBNER IS CURRENTLY IN ASSISTED LIVING. LAWRENCE PASSED AWAY IN MARCH OF 2010. THE CHAIR WAS PART OF A DINING SET THAT WOULD HAVE ORIGINALLY HAD SIX CHAIRS. SCHEIBNER DID NOT KNOW WHETHER THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN A TABLE. THE SET WAS MADE BY ANDERSON SIMON FOR HIS WIFE LUCINDA (DONOR’S GREAT GRANDPARENTS) AFTER THEY WERE MARRIED IN 1841. THEY LIVED IN A FARM HOUSE NEAR POLK CITY (NORTH OF DES MOINES, IOWA). POLK CITY IS NOW PART OF DES MOINES – MOST OF THE AREA IS NOW UNDER AN ARTIFICIAL LAKE. SCHEIBNER THINKS THE CHAIR WAS MADE BECAUSE “THEY WERE POOR FARMERS AND MAYBE THAT WAS THE THING TO DO THEN.” SHE SAID, “IT LOOKED TO ME LIKE IT WAS HAND-CARVED. I DON’T KNOW WHAT WAS USED FOR WEAVING THE SEAT. IT ALMOST LOOKED LIKE STRIPS OF BARK.”
Catalogue Number
P19880059010
Acquisition Date
1988-08
Collection
Museum
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