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Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl)
Canada; British Columbia; Mount Waddington Regional District; Quatsino; ; Vancouver Island Group; ; Vancouver Island

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  • Description:

    Outdoor profile portrait of Chief Willie Seaweed (Heyhlamas/The One Able To Set Things Right/Siwiti) posed on a dock wearing a carved wooden hat (NMAI 238252.000), button blanket with abalone decorations, cedar bark hoop around his neck. Wooded shore in the background

  • Culture/People:

    Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl)

  • Date created:


  • Photographer:

    William R. Heick, Non-Indian, b. 1916

  • Place:

    Blunden Harbor (Blondin Harbor); Mount Waddington Regional District; British Columbia; Canada

  • Format/Object name:

    Silver gelatin print

  • Collection History/Provenance:

    In addition to his work as a fine art photographer, William R. Heick worked for many years with the Anthropology Department of the University of California at Berkeley on a series of American Indian documentary films. This photograph and others made during Pomo, Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl), Diné (Navajo) and Blackfeet projects were donated to NMAI by Mr. Heick in 1997.

  • Dimensions:

    8 x 10 in.

  • Catalog number:


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