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Haegert, Dorothy.

Vancouver, Tillacum Library, c1983. 127pp, paper, $1855, ISBN 0-88978-145-1. Distributed by Pulp Press, Suite 202, 986 Homer St., Vancouver, B.C., V6B 2W7. CIP

Grades 9 and up
Reviewed by Lillian M. Turner

Volume 13 Number 6
1985 November

Dorothy Haegert, accomplished artist and photographer of Victoria, British Columbia, has presented shows in galleries and museums in Montreal, Victoria, and Seattle. The photographs in this work were originally presented at the British Columbia Provincial Museum in 1979-80. Children of the First People, a handsomely produced work, which may have been the inspiration for a recent documentary film of the same name, has been endorsed by the United Native Nation. It is a photographic essay with portraits of native Canadian Indian children portraying various aspects of play, family life, and ceremony. The photographs are accompanied by ten personal accounts by Elders, whose birthdates range from 1898 to 1938, and whose occupations run the gamut from fishing, through acting, to anthropology and teaching. Together, they tell the story of sociological changes that have occurred in this century. Each of the Elders is also photographed in a typical family or occupational setting.

While the book has considerable personal appeal, its use as a research tool is limited. However, students of native studies and family studies with particular interest in Indians of Vancouver Island will find it useful, as will photography, film arts, and art teachers for the ideas it presents.

Lillian M. Turner, York Memorial C.I., Toronto, Ont.
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