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The John Stacey Collection: north-west Canada, early 20th century

The John Stacey Collection: north-west Canada, early 20th century
E021540 Head Ornament - Front, attrib Heiltsuk (Bella Bella) People, Northwest Coast, Hinterland of Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, North America. Frontlet ornament worn on forehead 
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photographer: AM, Photography Dept - Photographer Unknown
 
In 1911 and 1912 the Australian Museum bought a total of 56 north-west Canadian Pacific coast artefacts from a Sydney accountant, Mr Frank A Wilkes, who had acquired them from “Colonel” Stacey. The collection was from the Cape Mudge people of Quadra Island in British Columbia and comprised a range of artefacts including masks, clothes, stone tools, axes, canoe models and mats.
In 1911 “Colonel “Stacey brought a troupe of Canadian indigenous dancers to Australia. The enterprise was not successful and, facing bankruptcy, he sold the artefacts (which were eventually acquired by Mr Wilkes) to raise the fares home for the troupe. In 1987 the Australian Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Kwakwakak’wakw people agreed that, due to the cultural value and rarity of the collection, a pair of totem poles and three masks would be returned to Canada. In return, Kwakwakak’wakw artists were commissioned to produce replacements for the Australian Museum.
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E019285 - 10/8/1911, fishing tackle, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North
E019286 - 10/8/1911, club, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021531 - 16/10/1912, post, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

© Australian Museum

E021532 - 16/10/1912, post, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North
E021533 - 16/10/1912, cape, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

© Australian Museum

E021534 - 16/10/1912, mask, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

© Australian Museum

E021535 - 16/10/1912, mask, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021536 - 16/10/1912, mask, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021537 - 16/10/1912, rattle, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021538 - 16/10/1912, rattle, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021539 - 16/10/1912, rattle, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021540 - 16/10/1912, head ornament, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

© Australian Museum

E021541 - 16/10/1912, apron, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021542 - 16/10/1912, cape, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021543 - 16/10/1912, mask, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

© Australian Museum

E021544 - 16/10/1912, gambling piece, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

© Australian Museum

E021545 - 16/10/1912, gambling piece, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

© Australian Museum

E021546 - 16/10/1912, basket, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

© Australian Museum

E021547 - 16/10/1912, adze, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021548 - 16/10/1912, bark, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021549 - 16/10/1912, bark, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021550 - 16/10/1912, animal figure, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

© Australian Museum

E021551 - 16/10/1912, axe, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021552 - 16/10/1912, axe, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021553 - 16/10/1912, basket, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021554 - 16/10/1912, basket, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

© Australian Museum

E021555 - 16/10/1912, baby carrier, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021556 - 16/10/1912, baby carrier, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021557 - 16/10/1912, mask, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021558 - 16/10/1912, head ornament, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021559 - 16/10/1912, mask, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

© Australian Museum

E021560 - 16/10/1912, mask, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021561 - 16/10/1912, spoon, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021562 - 16/10/1912, spoon, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021563 - 16/10/1912, trumpet, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021564 - 16/10/1912, mat, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

© Australian Museum

E021565 - 16/10/1912, mat, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

© Australian Museum

E021566 - 16/10/1912, mat, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North
E021567 - 16/10/1912, footwear, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021568 - 16/10/1912, footwear, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021569 - 16/10/1912, girdle, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021570 - 16/10/1912, neck ornament, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021571 - 16/10/1912, canoe model, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021572 - 16/10/1912, canoe model, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

© Australian Museum

E021573 - 16/10/1912, canoe model, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

© Australian Museum

E021574 - 16/10/1912, canoe model, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

© Australian Museum

E021575 - 16/10/1912, mask, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

© Australian Museum

E021576 - 16/10/1912, mask, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North

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E021577 - 16/10/1912, mask, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North
E021578 - 16/10/1912, drum, Cape Mudge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, America, North