First Nations - Land Rights and Environmentalism in British Columbia


Tsux'iit the orca greeting Tyee Ha'wilth, Chief Mike Maquinna (left), in the territorial waters of the Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation in 2004. Tsux'iit was cared for by the Mowachaht Muchalaht people in defiance of Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans.   Photo: Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation






Exhibition opening at the BC Provincial Museum, c. 1970.
Photo: BC Provincial Museum

A 1970s exhibition at the BC Provincial Museum featured the 1792 wood engraving of Chief Maquinna. Standing beside a reproduction of the famous portrait is Mowachat Chief Ambrose Maquinna (right) and his son Mike and elder Sam Johnson (left).  The portrait of Chief Maquinna was one of the most copied and published images of North American indigenous people in the early 19th century (right).


"Indigeni di Nutka, c. 1840.
Unknown original source.

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