Aboriginal man with white gloves
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Division 1 – South East
RM of Brock No. 64
508 Railway Avenue
Transcript of audio excerpt (edited by Interviewer): A- "They [this group of aboriginal photos] were taken by Buchanan. In the summer of 2008, I received a number of almost 200 prints of negatives by Arcola photographer Donald Buchanan, from three of his nephews. One small box contained sixteen five-by-seven glass negatives. And there was also an eight-by-ten glass negatives. These are all re-printed under First Nations people. That’s where they all came from." ..."o And in our research, we found a picture of Chief Starblanket wearing similar gloves. Starblanket was a chief in the Qu’Appelle Valley at that time. And we know nothing else about that picture." E- "And this was taken in Buchanan’s studio." A- "Taken in Buchanan’s shop, yeah studio. And we’re assuming it was taken quite early in his career by the backdrops and things. He started in 1904, but I am assuming ’06, but I’m not sure of that." E- "And so those gloves, you were saying, that’s how you recognized him?" A- "The star on the gloves. It was not… I don’t know where it came from. It doesn’t look like an Indian design, but it must’ve been handmade. Maybe there were a lot of them made. There was this Lou Porter, and he looked through an awful lot of Indian pictures, and I think he found this Starblanket in another picture, but it was an unidentified Indian." E- "And so, do you know how Buchanan was able to convince them to get their photographs taken?" A- "I have no idea why the occasion. It’s baffled me. I think they must’ve came… it must’ve been in the area at a pow wow." E- "Was there any other pieces of clothing that he was wearing that made you think it was Chief…?" A- "No, I don’t think it is, I just think he has a similar glove. ... In 2010, I, Adrian Paton, and Autumn Downey interviewed Mrs. Standready, over 90 years old. An elder of the White Bear at the White Bear Nursing Home. As she looked at the pictures, she on several occasions would say, “Looks like Rock Boy to me.” When I asked if that was his name, she would say, “Oh no.” I then asked her daughter who was there what she meant. She said, “She is looking at the clothing with its bead and quilt work, and it reminds her of work done by her friends in the Rocky Boy Indian Reserve in Montana. I’m assuming that might be correct."