UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Halpern field recordings (Bella Bella), 1949-1950

Overview of the Collection

Halpern, Ida
UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Halpern field recordings (Bella Bella)
1949-1950 (inclusive)
3 items  :  EC - 3 reels (7 1/2 ips, 1/2 tr. stereo (mono program), 7"); Duration: 1:32:39; also see correspondence file.
Collection Number
Copies of records (33-1/3 rpm, mono) and field tapes belonging to collector in Vancouver, B.C., 4-20-83.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
Access Restrictions

Access is restricted.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Ida Halpern (1910-1987) was an ethnomusicologist from Vancouver, Canada. Halpern became interested in musicology at age 19 after she lost the ability to play the piano professionally following a bout of rheumatic fever. In 1938, she earned a PhD in musicology from the University of Vienna. After moving back to Canada, she became the first woman in the country to hold a doctoral degree in musicology. Halpern is best known for her work collecting, recording, and transcribing the music of Indigenous communities along the coast of British Columbia.

Mungo Martin (1879-1962), also known as Nakapenkem, was a sculptor, conservator, painter, and musician from Fort Rupert, British Columbia. His parents were from the Kwakwaka'wakw Nation and his father, Yaxnukwelas, was a high-ranking member of the community. As a child, Martin learned the rituals, songs, arts, and traditions of the Kwakwaka'wakw people. During his lifetime, Martin carved and painted totem poles, masks, big houses, and various other ceremonial objects. Later in life, Martin was hired by museums in Canada for restoration and replica work for their collections of Indigenous artifacts.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Archives set made by Gary Louie and Laurel Sercombe at the home of Dr. Ida Halpern, under her supervision, with the Archives Nagra IV-S.

Contents: Songs of the Bella Bella people of British Columbia, Canada, sung by Mungo Martin with his wife Abeya (on some songs)

Tapes digitized 6/2016 (WAV, 48 kHz, 24-bit) - 83-16.1.wav (38:02), 83-16.2.wav (47:21) (some speed distortion 3:30-6:28), 83-16.3.wav (7:16) (total = 1:32:39)

Documentation: Typed list of contents

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • American Indian
  • Ethnomusicology

Geographical Names

  • Bellabella
  • Canada
  • North America

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Martin, Mungo, -1962 (performer)