JACOBSEN, Johan Adrian




Author Tags: First Nations

When Johan Adrian Jacobsen arrived in Victoria in 1881, the adjoining Songhees reserve was already the centre for the artifact and curio trade. He noted “the streets of this town swarmed with Indians of all kinds, for Victoria is the Indian centre of the coast… Indians come here each year to trade their furs, others came to seek employment, and fishermen came for commissions from canneries.” The American anthropologist Erna Gunther translated Adrian Woldt's German text for a new edition of Alaskan Voyage 1881-1883, An Expedition to the Northwest Coast of America (University of Chicago Press, 1977) that documents the two-year expedition of the Norweigian-born Jacobsen to collect more than 7,000 Aboriginal artefacts for the Royal Berlin Ethnological Museum in the 19th century. With the assistance of Yup’ik elders, Ann Fienup-Riordan later documented more than 2,000 Yup’ik objects that Jacobsen had collected in Alaska in 1882 and 1883 for her study Yup’ik Elders at the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin (University of Washington Press, 2005), published with the Calista Elders Council, Bethel, Alaska.

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Alaskan Voyage. 1881-1883. An Expedition to the Northwest Coast of America

BOOKS:

Woldt, Adrian (editor). Capitain Jacobsen's Reise an der Nordwestkuste Amerikas, 1881-1883, zum Zwecke ethnologischer Sammlungen und Erkundigungen, nebst Beschreibung personlicher Erlebnisse, fur den deutchen Leserkreis (Leipzig, Germany: M. Spohr, 1884).

Jacobsen, Johan Adrian. Alaskan Voyage 1881-1883, An Expedition to the Northwest Coast of America (University of Chicago Press, 1977)

[BCBW 2004] "First Nations" "Norwegian"