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Fran Fraser's Blackfoot Culture collection

[ca. 1930s] - 1973, predominant 1956-1970

Physical Description:
27 audio reels. -- 8 audio cassettes. -- 8 cm of textual records. -- 48 photographs

Frances Jane Williams, 1920-1989, was born in Bassano, Alberta, near the Blackfoot reserve where her father was an agricultural instuctor. In 1942 she married Frank Fraser, and they farmed on the Little Bow, southeast of High River. They had three children, Margery (Stickler), Alex and Gordon. Fran was very knowledgeable about Blackfoot culture and local history. She wrote a column for the Calgary Herald, "Off the Reserve", 1956-1958, and another entitled "Milestones" for the Herald's Weekend Magazine, 1962-1963. MacMillan published her two books of Blackfoot legends, The Bear Who Stole the Chinook (1959), and The Wind Along the River (1968). She conducted research and interviews about Blackfoot culture for the Glenbow Archives from the late 1950s to the early 1970s.

Scope and Content:
The collection consists of interviews with Rosie Ayoungman, Mrs. Richard Brass, Little Chief, Paul Wolf Collar, Joe Cat Face, Mary Many Guns, Ben Calf Robe, Amos Leather, Cyril Olds, Jack Kipp, and One Gun about the Blackfoot language, legends, tobacco dance, snake lodge, owl lodge, tipi designs, coyote songs, crazy dog ceremonies, Crowfoot and Treaty 7 signing, and other subjects, with some translations by Emily Duckchief (1950s-1973); interview with Hugh Dann about Buffalo Child Long Lance; Blackfoot music (including commentaries) recorded at Crowfoot Residential School, Cluny (1956-1957); Blackfoot songs recorded by the A-1 Club, Cluny; and photographs of a Blackfoot sun dance (1965?), and pupils at Old Sun school (1956).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Fran Fraser, 1958-1973.

The material is in English and Blackfoot.

Access to RBT-(26, 28, 29) restricted. Please consult archivist for permission.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-37, M-4361, M-4378, M-4382, M-4393, M-4397, M-4843-94, RBT-2, RBT-3, RBT-23, RBT-24, RBT-25, RBT-26, RBT-27, RBT-28, RBT-29, RCT-12, PA-732, PA-1066, NA-1833

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