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Ashley Halko-Addley fieldwork collection
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Ashley Halko-Addley fieldwork collection

  • CA BMUFA 0228
  • Collection
  • approximately 2018-2019

This collection consists of materials collected by Ashley Halko-Addley for her graduate research project, Waxing Away Illness, at the University of Alberta. In 2018, Ashley conducted interviews and observations of the wax ceremony in Saskatchewan and Alberta. This collection consists primarily of transcripts, audio recordings, and fieldnotes, with select supplementary materials.

A supplementary website was created by Ashley Halko-Addley. The website highlights some of the participants and important selections from their interviews. The website can be accessed here:

Halko-Addley, Ashley


These two small crystals were gifted to Ashley Halko-Addley from Diane Schitka during their interview. Diane uses the crystals in her healing and often send crystals home with people she pours wax for.

D. Family

This file contains an interview transcript from an interview conducted with Mrs. N.D. and her son Mr. B.D., as well as photographs of wax. Mrs. N.D.'s mother was a prolific healer in the Edmonton area, up until the 1980s.

Edmonton area

This series includes materials from interviews collected with people living in the Edmonton area. This series includes transcripts and audio recordings from interviews and photographs.


This file contains fieldnotes from interviews and observations. Fieldnotes were written up immediately following interviews and observations. Fieldnotes were anonymized according to the wishes of the participants.

Interview questionnaire

This item is a list of questions that were used during the interviews. As interviews were open-ended, allowing the participant to guide the interview, not all questions and topics discussed are included in the interview questionnaire.

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