SMYLY, John




Author Tags: First Nations, Haida Gwaii

In 1956 John Smyly produced a reduced scale replica of three Haida houses and a representative group of poles for the Provincial Museum. He participated in a salvage trip to Koona and Ninstints in 1957 and he became a permanent member of the museumís staff in 1965. Those Born at Koona (1973) is his representation of 27 houses and 56 poles known to be at Koona, better known as Skedans, located on the eastern shore of Louise Island in the Queen Charlotte Islands, near the end of the 19th century. His research was largely based on photos taken by George Mercer Dawson at Koona in 1878, as well as photos taken by C.F. Newcombe in 1897 and a few photos taken by Emily Carr in 1907. Also known as Grizzly Bear Town, Koona was home to almost 1,000 people prior to the middle of the 19th century.

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Those Born at Koona


BOOKS:

Smyly, John & Carolyn Smyly. Those Born at Koona: The Totem Poles of the Haida Village Skedans, Queen Charlotte Islands (Hancock, 1973, 1981; The Totem Poles of Skedans (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1975).

[BCBW 2004] "QCI" "First Nations"