Photos by Mattie Gunterman
Mattie Gunterman (Ida Madeline Warner Gunterman) was a pioneer settler who came to the West Kootenays with her husband and son in the late 1890s. She worked as a camp cook in the silver mines in the area and in her spare time she took
photographs. Unlike many of the photographs of the time, these were not grand, formal photographs, but instead captured many of the mundane, everyday activities of her community, giving an insight not only into the hard work, but also into the domestic and leisure activities, of men and women in this area of rural British Columbia.
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