Eleanor Blain/Frank Walters:

An Inventory of Their Audio Recordings at the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections

Audio Recordings transcribed by E. M. Blain
University of Manitoba, Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba,
(2002)

Finding aid encoded by Vladimira Zvonik (2007)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Creator:
Eleanor Blain/Frank Walters:

Title:
Blain/Walters fonds

Dates:
ca. 1967-1974, 1986-1988

Quantity:
12 reels, 22 audio cassettes

Identification:
TC 121 (A.89-51)

English

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Biography of Eleanor M. Blain

Eleanor M. Blain was a graduate student (Linguistics) at the University of Manitoba. She graduated with a Master degree in 1989. While working on her thesis The Bungee dialect of the Red River Settlement, , she collected an oral history of the Red River Settlement and Bungee dialect. The part of this collection also contains material collected by Frank Walters (Pieces of the Past: Collection of Tales of Old Red River).

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds consists of two collections: the Walters Collection of Lower Red River Oral Histories (12 reels of originals tape recordings and 13 audio-cassettes transcribed by Eleanor M. Blain) ; and the Blain Collection of Bungee Dialect Recordings (9 audio cassettes - 7 original recordings, 2 copies, restricted until December 31, 2009).

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged three series:

  • 1. Walters Collection 2 - Reels
  • 2. Walters Collection 1 - Audio Cassettes
  • 3. Blain Collection - Audio Cassettes

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Restrictions on Access

E. M.Blain Collection is restricted until December 31, 2009

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Restrictions on Use

E. M.Blain Collection is restricted until December 31, 2009

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Related Materials

Pieces of the Past: Collection of Tales of Old Red River by Frank J. Walters - a book is held in RBR room, University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.

The Bungee dialect of the Red River Settlement. by Eleanor M. Blain (University of Manitoba thesis)

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Custodial History

The fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba by the Eleanor M. Blain in 1989.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Walters Collection 2 - Reel to Reel Tapes
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11 Tape 1

Mrs. Susanne Wheeler, taped December 1967 at Selkirk

2 Tape 2

Mrs Wheeler - Short Bit John Grey Eyes

3 Tape 3

  • Mrs M. Sinclair, interview
  • Music "Contemporary"
Mrs.

4 Tape 4 - Francis 1979; Philpot, Norwood, MB storekeeper; Fay McDonald

  • Interview with Mr. Philpot, Mr. Setter
  • Family history
  • Immigration to Canada to St. Andrew's
  • Railway road to Selkirk
  • Childhood experiences
  • Community families histories
  • Token and money - HBC traders
  • Local history

  • Interview with Fay McDonald
  • Education/school Miss Davies' school
  • Family history
  • Childhood experiences
  • Infectious diseases, hospitals
  • Recreation - ox racing
  • Community families's histories
  • Farming
  • Employment, Mr. Ginger/Snooks running for older man
  • Conduroy roads

5 Tape 5 - Fay McDonald and Hugh John McDonald; E. Dobbs

  • Continuation of narcotics/heroin cases
  • World War II memories and discharge
  • Officering club
  • Playing poker in the War
  • Police experiences
  • Stories in Red River dialect

  • Fish and fishing
  • Fire fighting/backfiring (Prairie fires)
  • Mr. Dobb's chase of a criminal and experiences on the police force
  • Law court and cases with speeding down the street, Mr. Dobb's court case
  • Narcotics/heroin cases

6 Tape 6 - Red River Jog, - talking about lumber for Town of St. Louis; Interview with Mrs. Grieve (includes Obituary of Sarah Grieves)

  • Sophia Massey's family history
  • Early business of the community
  • Transporting lumber
  • Music

  • Introduction to Mrs. Grieve
  • Early memories of Grand Rapids in business
  • Experiences of Mrs. Grieve's father flying airplanes(transporting goods for Hudson's Bay Company)
  • Lambert family, family histories
  • Grasshoppers
  • Monkman family, family histories
  • Moore family, family histories

7 Tape 7 - Mrs. Elliot; Interview with Fay McDonald & Frank Philpot, 1968

(Side one has not been described)

  • Introduction to Mr. Smith
  • Childhood experiences, fishing, school
  • Miller family history
  • Commercial fishing (taped over a previous interview)
  • Red River history, employment
  • Mr. Smith and Lis Limekiln
  • Mr. Smith's mother's experiences at school

8 Tape 8 - Interview with Neil McRae, December 1970

  • Introduction
  • Early childhood experiences and the railroad wreck
  • His father growing up and using oxen
  • His father as a councilor
  • Cutting cord wood
  • Working on the railroad
  • Prairie fire
  • Local history
  • Smallpox epidemic/cemetery

9 Tape 9

(not described, several breaks midway through)

Labeled as Oliver Monkman

10 Tape 10 - William McRae; Bob Leisk (grandson of Stone Mason William McRae)

  • Intro to William McRae grandson of Stone Mason Duncan Mc Rae
  • Memories Woodlots of Red River Settlement
  • Memories of father and grandfather
  • Family history
  • "Coffee breaks"
  • Church history
  • Smallpox epidemic/cemetery
  • John Prince
  • Red Willow/tobacco
  • Steam engines/trashing
  • Railroad wreck
  • "Kitchen sweats"
  • Inflation

  • Introduction to Robert Leisk
  • Fishing
  • Shoeing horses
  • Working with teams
  • Gasoline Barrels
  • Mail Delivery post offices
  • Logging
  • Land grants/homesteads
  • Sawing wood
  • Family history
  • Church history
  • Log house

11 Tape 11 - Oliver Mowat; Mrs. Amy Clements

  • Introduction to Oliver Mowat
  • Grandfather came with Selkirk Settlers from Orkney
  • Homesteads
  • Grandfather lived on Red River
  • Oak Hammock
  • Original name of Oak Hammock
  • Post Office
  • Buffalo
  • Butter Town
  • Wagons, buck boards
  • Farley Mowat, possible relative
  • Thrashing/steam engine
  • Chickens
  • A bee for sick persons - for haying
  • Woodlots, stealing wood
  • Wake- rough box
  • Story about a body under a cold window
  • Talk with Mrs. McDonald
  • Dancing
  • "Kitchen Sweats"
  • Butter Town
  • Family History
  • Midwives

  • Introduction to Mrs. Clemens
  • Relative of Chief Pequis (great-great granddaughter)
  • History of St. Peter's Reserve
  • "Selling of St. Peter's Reserve", Treaty
  • Grasshopper plague
  • Mr. Clemens, descendant of Mark Tivain's cousin
  • Herbs: wee kis, used for toothaches; stomachaches for babies; fish milk
  • Indian medicine lady - Maria Cook
  • Grants/ Red River lots
  • Church history

12 Tape 12 - Old Peel Song of Peel & Porter

  • Intro to Mr. Peel (grandson of Mr. Peel, partner with Porter, owners of a liquor store)
  • Long Lake
  • Family history
  • History of liquor store
  • Monkman family history - North Western Rebellion
  • Cost of whiskey and wine
  • Hunting partridges
  • Wildlife, pet - wild animal
  • Horse team pulling the wagon

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Walters Collection 1 - Audio Cassettes
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21 Mr Wheeler

One audio-cassette, Side 1: 30 minutes, Side 2: 17 minutes

  • Mr. Wheeler's birth date and birth place
  • Marriage and baptism of children
  • Moved to Netley Creek
  • Brokenhead Reserve
  • Education/teachers
  • Family of Mrs. Wheeler
  • Smallpox epidemic of 1837
  • Religion
  • Grandparents and parents
  • Early live in the community
  • Introduction to Mrs. Wheeler
  • Beginning of interview
  • Mrs. Wheeler - Saulteaux spoken introduction to walters and Dr. Walters (ancestor of Walters)
  • Beginning of Petersfield early business, families etc.
  • Treaty Days
  • St. Peters Reserve
  • Red Bird
  • Early life in community/history of community

copied from Master copy- small reel

2 Interviews

One audio cassette, Side 1: 6 minutes audible rest bad master copy; Side 2: 32 minutes

  • Grandson tells about Thomas Black, his grandfather, coming from the US who also changed name to Corey Eyes and arrived at St. Peters
  • Life when frist came to St. Peter's

(rest of side blank - very faint background noise, some singing)

  • Upbringing of children (faint recording of section of interview)
  • Buttertown
  • Growing up in the community
  • Canoes-building
  • Mrs. Wheeler being asked about growing corn at Netley Creek also grew peas
  • Before the "Big Flood" got some disease killed them off
  • Indian corn-maize
  • How to cook it
  • Cemetery and graves
  • Disease - smallpox
  • Red Bird's graveside
  • Languages - Saulteaux and Cree

Copy of Tape 2, Side 1-2

3 Mrs Sinclair and her life in Red River

One audio cassette, 31 minutes

  • Introduction to Mrs. Sinclair and her life in Red River
  • Names of brothers and sisters
  • Location of homestead
  • Childhod of Mrs. Sinclair
  • Upper Fort Garry
  • Old-timers porridge
  • Graves and church
  • Dances and music
  • Harvest time and farming
  • Stopping places
  • Family of Mrs. Sinclair
  • Early families of the community
  • Raising children - moss as diapers
  • Fish milk for babies
  • Cow milk for babies
  • Fumigation of bugs

Copy of Tape 3, Side 1

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14 Test Edition: "Intro and this is what I am thinking"

One audio cassette

  • Introduction of Red River stories (narrator is Frank Walter)
  • Story: "This is what I'm thinking"

copied from Reel 1 - (Tape no.1) - 1 (b)

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25 Taking one thing with another (4th in a series)

One audio cassette, Side 1-2: (3 min)

  • Story: Taking one thing with another, like (taxes)
  • Things as they come

copied from Reel 2 A/B - (Tape no.2) - (4b, 4c)

6 Metis Red River (Fifth episode of life of Metis Red River)

One audio cassette, Side 1-2: (8 min)

  • Story: Taken to the Red River and visit same time

copied from Reel 2 C/D - (Tape no.3) - 5(b)

7 Taken to the River and visit (sometime)

One audio cassette, Side 1-2: (7 minutes)

copied from Reel 3 A/B - (Tape no.4) - 5 (a)

8 Life as it comes

One audio cassette, Side 1-2: (31 minutes)

  • 3rd day in life as a settler in "Life as it comes"
  • Story: Life as it comes

copied from Reel 4 A/B - (Tape no.5) - 4 (a )

9 Things as they come

One audio cassette, Side 1-2: (27 minutes)

  • Continuation of "Things as they come"
  • Introduction
  • "This is what I'm thinking"

copied from Reel 4 C/D - (Tape no.6) - 4(a), 1(a)

10 Bingee dialect

One audio cassette, Side 1-2 (8:31 minutes)

  • Frank Walters discussing the dialect
  • "Bingee as she is spoken" discussion of dialect
  • Poem "Vowels & such"
  • Introduction and "This is what I'm thinking'

copied from Reel 5 A/B - (Tape no.7) - 1 (c)

11 Orkney/Cree in RR, CBC, 1978

One audio cassette, Side 1-2:

Recording of CBC ideas part 9 of Red Man White World - Story of Bungee & how it grew"

Continuation of Ideas Program

(Tape 8)

12 Orkney/Cree in Red River, CBC, 1978

  • History of Missions along St. Andrews & local history with use of Burgee dialect
  • Deals with death
  • Stories about churches & missionaries
  • Folklore about death and churches

(master copy)

13 F. Walters Folklore

One audio cassette, Side 1-2

(Tape 9)

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E. M. Blain Collection, 1986

Restricted until December 31, 2009

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31 Original 1 - Jim Loutit, June 22, 1986

  • Family history
  • Transportation
  • Childhood experiences
  • Bungees
  • School experiences
  • Dialects and languages
  • Homestead

  • Pension and will
  • Government policies on monetary systems & finances and social programs
  • Education - electrician and employment
  • Songs, dances/fiddlers and music lessons
  • Community history - relations of First Nations - Pequis, reserve lands

2 Original 2 - Isabel Smith, April 13, 1986

  • Basket socials and dating
  • Religion
  • Dances - socials
  • Languages - Cree
  • Family history

(damaged tape)

3 Original 3 - Isabel Smith, July 20, 1986

  • Health and medicine
  • Inflation and money
  • School experiences
  • Childhood experiences
  • Christmas concert
  • Marriage

  • World War veterans and soldiers
  • Childbirth, mid-wives
  • Employment
  • Religion and holidays
  • Dating and potential spouses

4 Original 4 - Isabel Smith, September 20, 1987

  • Lye soap and cleaning
  • Cooking recipes
  • Household items and chores, heating, tablecloth etc.
  • Layout of homes
  • Footwear/moccasins
  • Paying bills/cheque day
  • Wedding/marriage

  • Homestead, farm
  • Community life
  • Marriage
  • Employment-wages
  • Family history
  • Harvesting - threshing
  • Farm chores
  • Sports

5 Original 5

  • Family matters
  • Shopping
  • Community family histories
  • Gossip - community
  • Education system

6 Original 6 - Isabel and Linda; Joe Venn, CBC Interview Fall 1987

  • Buttertown
  • Memories of grandmothers' day
  • Family histories
  • Childhood memories/growing up
  • Dating
  • Raising children

  • Metis identity
  • Employment
  • Death and graves and coffins
  • Trapper story
  • Fiddling
  • Woodcutting and hay permit
  • Shooting dogs
  • Cemetery

7 Original 7 - Violet S., May 1, 1988

  • Family histories and grandmother
  • Childhood experiences
  • Food/rations
  • Raising children
  • Clothing
  • Languages - Cree
  • Recreation and sliding
  • Household chores

  • Alcohol
  • Childhood experiences and growing up
  • Old age pensions
  • Finances
  • Family matters

8-9 Copies

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