Interview with Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams at s7ístken site



Production material centres around two interviews conducted with Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams near the former site of a S7ístken, a traditional semi-subterranean winter dwelling of the Lil̓wat7úl, along the Birkenhead River. In tape 1, Wanosts’a7 gives a detailed description of a S7ístken and typical layout of a S7ístken village; and how inter-generational stories strengthened her connection to such locations. Tape 1 continues with a second interview in which Wanosts’a7 talks about learning her family’s past; her uncle and his role in the community, including his stories about how smallpox and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic impacted Indigenous communities; and how loss and trauma breakdown community social practices. In tape 2, Wanosts’a7 talks about learning the extent of the loss and trauma that her people had experienced, and finding a greater appreciation of the strength that still remains; and the importance of rebuilding and continuing to carry stories into the future. The filmed segments of the first interview run from 01:53 on tape 1, and continue until 06:09 on tape 1. The films segments of the second interview begin at 09:39 on tape 1, and continue until 10:20 in tape 2. Additional sequences of the environment and Wanosts’a7 walking can be found proceeding and following each interview, as well as a sequence of Wanosts’a7 driving at the end of tape 2. Much of this material does not have corresponding audio.

In Collection:
Creator Contributor Subject Language Identifier
  • Camera roll: CR34
  • Sound roll: SR26
  • Camera roll: CR33
  • Sound roll: SR25
  • Camera roll: CR32
  • Camera roll: CR35
  • Sound roll: SR27
Date created Resource type Rights statement Extent
  • 00:41:52
Geographic coverage Coordinates
  • 50.31667, -122.71667
Additional physical characteristics
  • 2 videocassettes : analog, col., Betacam SP
Physical repository Collection
  • Lorna Wánosts’a7 Williams Face to Face Media Collection
Provider Sponsor
  • Digitized in collaboration with the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Genre Archival item identifier
  • Accession Number: 2017-057
Fonds title Fonds identifier Is referenced by Date digitized
  • August 18, 2020 to September 8, 2020
Technical note
  • Originally recorded on 16 mm film and 1/4” reel-to-reel audio later transferred and synced to Betacam SP for use during post-production. Dates on cassettes are believed to reflect date of transfer.Transcripts of the 1/4” sound reels were created by Face to Face Media for use during post-production. These audio transcripts include additional interview segments not found on the videocassettes and have been provided unedited.Digitized by the The MediaPreserve. Access files created by University of Victoria Special Collections and University Archives. Metadata by Matt Innes.
  • This material is made available on this site for research and private study only.

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