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Edwin Holgate

Indian Grave Houses, Skeena River

Artist

Edwin Holgate
Allandale, Ontario, 1892 – Montreal 1977

Title

Indian Grave Houses, Skeena River

Date

1926

Materials

Oil on wood

Dimensions

31.8 x 40.6 cm

Credits

Gift of Mrs. Max Stern, inv. 1978.23

Collection

Quebec and Canadian Art

In 1926, Holgate and Jackson accompanied Marius Barbeau to the territory of the Gitxsans of the Upper Skeena Valley, in northwestern British Columbia, to produce images for promoting tourism to what was apparently the most photographed site in the country after Niagara Falls. In this view of the cemetery of Gitanmaax, a woman stoops meditatively before the three burial huts in the foreground. The imposing “mineral mountain” Stekyawden, the site of a prosperous mining industry, is silhouetted against the background.

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