In 1910-12, world famous ethnographer James Alexander Teit built a house in Spences Bridge for his wife and family. Today, the house sits as one of the last remaining historical buildings in the village and it is from this house that The Rattler is currently produced.
Teit was a self-taught botanist, ethnologist and photographer who published 2,200 pages of ethnological material in addition to thousands of pages of unpublished works. He amassed a significant collection of native artifacts, several of which are on display at the Merritt Museum and Archives in Merritt, BC.
Photography was used extensively as part of Teit’s documentation of the culture of the Interior tribes of BC and many of his photographs can be viewed online at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
JAMES TEIT ON WIKIPEDIA
JAMES A. TEIT: HIS CONTRIBUTION TO CANADIAN ETHNOMUSICOLOGY
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