Fonds OSC-ARC-13 - The Pocket Desert fonds

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The Pocket Desert fonds

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8 cm of textual records and other materials
5 cassettes
1 photograph

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Gayle Cornish (née Mint, b. 1943) was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta. She and her family moved to Osoyoos, in the Okanagan Valley, in 1949 and she spent much of her childhood there. In 1967, she earned a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia following which she taught, and then had a brief stint with the National Film Board and did freelance work with the CBC.

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The fonds was donated by Gayle Cornish in March, 2020.

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The fonds consists of documents and records that would go on to compose The Pocket Desert radio documentary, which aired on CBC Radio’s Ideas, produced by Gayle Cornish, and co-created by Dr. Jeannette Armstrong and Dr. Geoffrey Scudder. The documentary concerns the unique desert climate and ecology in and around Osoyoos, British Columbia, and the significance of the land to Syilx Okanagan people. The fonds is organized into two series: 13.1 Production Files and 13.2 Broadcast Files.

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The digital recording of the final aired documentary is under copyright with all reproduction rights reserved by the rights holder.

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Compiled by Ariel Nicolaides and Paige Hohmann (2021).
Revised by Paige Hohmann (2022).

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Armstrong, Jeannette Christine. (2009). Constructing Indigeneity: Syilx Okanagan Oraliture and tmixʷcentrism. [Doctoral dissertation, Universität Greifswald].
Cannings, Robert A. (2006). “Geoffrey G.E. Scudder: zoologist, conservationist, educator.” Entomological Society of Canada.
Department of Community, Culture and Global Studies. (n.d.). “Jeannette Armstrong Associate Professor.” Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus. Retrieved 2021 11 10.
En’owkin Centre. (n.d.) “Governance.”En’owkin Centre – Okanagan Indian Educational Resources Society. Retrieved 2021 11 10.

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