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Frederick Dally 
Canoes belonging to First Nations Peoples in a cove in Victoria Harbour : 'Indian Canoes (Chinook shape) in a cove in Victoria Harbour. Stored there during the temporary visit of the West Coast of Vancouver Indians to their brethren of the Songi 
1870 (ca) 
Albumen print 
16.1 x 23.0 cm (image) 
The Royal Collection 
RCIN 2368825 
Photograph of canoes lying on the banks of a cover in Victoria Harbour. Some of the canoes are covered with rushes whilst the canoe closest to the viewer contains plant matter. Two men stand in the middle ground facing the viewer.
A Potlatch is an event that takes place in which titles are conferred on family members and gifts are distributed. These events were often held at a time when family gatherings would take place such as births, deaths and marriages. The Songhees or Lekwungen tribe of Aboriginal Canadians are part of the Coast Salish peoples and inhabit the southern coast of Victoria Island. 

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