Haida Material Culture in UK Museums:
Generating New Forms of knowledge

Haida transformation mask
1891.49.8 Haida transformation mask depicting Raven as
the Creator and the Wanderer. Carved by Charles Edenshaw
c.1882-1890
In September 2009, 21 delegates from the Haida First Nation travelled to the United Kingdom to work with museum collections and form an International Research Network with the Pitt Rivers Museum and British Museum. Delegates handled nearly 800 Haida treasures, and also gave carving and weaving demonstrations, public talks, and public dance performances. The Network seeks to understand the importance and role of historic collections for Indigenous source communities and to improve access to collections for source communities. Most importantly, in all its endeavours, it seeks to build long-term relationships between source communities and museums.

This research network was supported by the Leverhulme Trust (International Networks Grant), John Fell Fund (University of Oxford), Gwaii Trust, and Canada Council for the Arts.

‘Everything was Carved’50 minute documentary about the Haida Project

‘Everything Was Carved’ features commentary from Haida delegates and Pitt Rivers Museum staff, as well as footage from the handling sessions. It was produced as a teaching tool, with students and source community researchers in mind: it helps convey the breadth of preparations, outcomes, meanings, and perspectives inherent in projects of this kind. It can be streamed or downloaded for educational use.

Suitable for: Museum Studies; Indigenous Studies; Anthropology; Material Culture Studies; Education
Directed by Udi Butler. Produced by Laura Peers and Cara Krmpotich. Running length 50 mins.

Information about the Research network

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