Material Culture

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Accessing History from Home

Articles » General
Author/Creator
Mary Annette Pember
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, vol. 23, no. 3, Technology and Culture, Spring, 2012
Description
Looks at the E-Humanity web portal, which allows users to access photographs and descriptions of more than 70,000 artifacts.
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After the Spirit Sang: Aboriginal Canadian and Museum Policy in the New Millennium

Alternate Title
How Canadians Communicate III: Contexts of Canadian Popular Culture
E-Books
Author/Creator
Heather Devine
Description
Chapter 10 in: How Canadians Communicate III: Contexts of Canadian Popular Culture edited by Bart Beaty, Derek Briton, Gloria Filax, Rebecca Sullivan. Discussion of the exhibition After the Spirit Sang and the ensuing boycott and controversy. Go to page 217 to read the chapter.
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Alaska Native Collections - Sharing Knowledge

Web Sites » Organizations
Author/Creator
Arctic Studies Center
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Description
Website presents interpretation of materials, techniques, cultural meanings, history and artistry of objects from the western arctic and subarctic collections of the National Museum of Natural History. Browse interactive maps of peoples of Alaska and Northeast Siberia and map with object category linked to themes on ceremony, community and environment.
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Archaeology of the Northern San Joaquin Valley

Alternate Title
University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology ; v.25, no.4
E-Books
Author/Creator
W. Egbert Schenck
Elmer J. Dawson
Description
Part of: University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology, vol. 25, (pp289-414).
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ART Sauvage: Indian Acts

Alternate Title
In the Eye of a Wendat: Rethinking Action Art as Art Sauvage/Indian Acts
INDIANacts: Aboriginal Performance Art
Documents & Presentations
Author/Creator
Guy Sioui Durand
Description
Discusses various concepts of artistic expression in Aboriginal performance art.
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Artists' Intent: Material Culture Studies and Conservation

Articles » Scholarly, peer reviewed
Author/Creator
Nancy Odegaard
Journal of the American Institute For Conservation, vol. 34, no. 3, Autumn-Winter, 1995, pp. 187-193
Description
Explores changing factors influencing traditional conservation methods and the role of conservation as it relates to material culture of Native Americans.
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ArtTalk: Conversations on Northwest Native Art: Session 1: Collaborative Research and Community-Based Scholarship Panel Discussion

Alternate Title
Burke Museum's ArtTalk Symposium: Conversations on Northwest Native Art
Media » Film and Video
Author/Creator
Pat Courtney Gold
Nadia Jackinsky Sethi
Kathryn Bunn Marcuse
Kaleb Child
Coreen Child ... [et al.]
Description
Presentations on collaborative research: Part 1: Research in Museums and it’s Contribution to Native Communities by Pat Courtney Gold. Part 2: Remembering Heritage Through the Arts in Alaska's Communities by Nadia Jackinsky Sethi. Part 3: G̱a̱lg̱a̱poła (Working Together) – A Collaborative Reframing of Kwakiutl Film and Audio Recordings with Franz Boas by Kathryn Bunn Marcuse, Kaleb Child, Coreen Child and Tom Child. Duration: 2:02:05
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Back from the Brink: Canada's First Nations' Right to Preserve Canadian Heritage

Alternate Title
Cultural Protection: The Story of a Saanich Bowl
Part I: Cultural Protection: The Story of a Saanich Bowl
Articles » Scholarly, peer reviewed
Author/Creator
Diana Henry
University of British Columbia Law Review, Special Issue: Material Culture in Flux: Law and Policy of Repatriation of Cultural Property, 1995, pp. [5]-11
Description
Member of the Saanich Native Heritage Society describes efforts to prevent the sale of an ancient West Coast Saanich bowl to an American dealer, and to have this cultural property returned to their people.
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"Basket Becomes Codex: A Poem by Trevino Brings Plenty in the Portland Art Museum"

Articles » General
Author/Creator
Karen M. Poremski
Transmotion, vol. 3, no. 2, December 6, 2017, pp. 53-78
Description
Essay discusses Trevino Brings Plenty’s poem "Little, Cultural, Teapot Curio Exposes People" and its relationship to the object it is about, the museum that holds the object, and the social and cultural issue surrounding Indigenous materials in colonial museums.
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The Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Art Studies

Web Sites » Organizations
Author/Creator
Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Art Studies
Simon Fraser University
Description
Website contains links to Virtual Village Project, online exhibits, information on canoes, totem poles, and architecture, and a collection of over 60 pages of images.
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Birch Bark Biting

Alternate Title
Narrative Threads: Crafting the Canadian Quilt
Web Sites » Organizations
Author/Creator
Saskatchewan Western Development Museum
Description
Website dedicating to capturing Canadian stories in artifacts. Biography of Angelique Merasty and photographs of her birch bark biting artwork.
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Blackfoot Culture and World Culture: Contexts for the Collection and Display of the Decorated Shirt of Issapoomahsika (Or CrowFoot) in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter

Articles » Scholarly, peer reviewed
Author/Creator
Stephanie Pratt
Journal of the History of Collections, vol. 18, no. 2, December 2006, pp. 237-247
Description
Uses the the sacred costume as an example of attitudes toward the acquisition and presentation of material culture; discusses the purchase of the clothing in relation to events taking place in Canada in the 1870s and traces changes in the museum's curatorial practices as demonstrated by its placement in the museum's collection.
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The Blackfoot Elders Project: Linking People and Objects in Museum Research

Articles » Scholarly, peer reviewed
Author/Creator
Elizabeth Churchill
Native Studies Review, vol. 3, no. 2, Native Peoples, Museums, and Heritage Resource Management, 1987, pp. 71-85
Description
Describes process involving elders, as professional consultants, to review and assess collections of material culture held by the Glenbow Museum.
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[Book Reviews]

Book Reviews
Author/Creator
Jane Griffith
Native Studies Review, vol. 20, no. 2, 2011, pp. 196-198
Description
Book review of Collections and Objections: Aboriginal Material Culture in Southern Ontario by Michelle A. Hamilton.
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Book Reviews

Book Reviews
Author/Creator
Elizabeth Archuleta
Studies in American Indian Literatures, vol. 23, no. 1, Spring, 2011, pp. 130-132
Description
Reviews Contesting Knowledge: Museums and Indigenous Perspectives edited by Susan Sleeper-Smith. Entire issue on one pdf. To access article scroll down to p. 130.
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[Book Reviews]

Book Reviews
Author/Creator
Nancy-Lou Patterson
Native Studies Review, vol. 3, no. 2, Native Peoples, Museums, and Heritage Resource Management, 1987, pp. 139-144
Description
Review of: The Spirit Sings: Artistic Traditions of Canada's First People by Julia D. Harrison, co-ordinating curator, with Ted J. Brasser, Bernadette Driscoll, Ruth B. Phillips, Martine J. Reid, Judy Thompson, and Ruth Holmes Whitehead, editors.
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Buffalo Boy: Then and Now

Alternate Title
INDIANacts: Aboriginal Performance Art
Documents & Presentations
Author/Creator
Ryan Rice
Carla Taunton
Description
Discusses how Adrian Stimson's anti-colonial, gender-bending persona is used to expose cultural and societal truths.
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c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city: A Conversation

Articles » Scholarly, peer reviewed
Author/Creator
Leona Sparrow
Jordan Wilson
Susan Rowley
BC Studies, no. 199, Indigeneities and Museums: Ongoing Conversations, Autumn, 2018, pp. 45-52
Description
Excerpt from a conversation between the authors about the exhibition c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city. Discussion includes exhibit process and impact, and the role of museums in supporting and consulting with Indigenous communities,
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Canada's Cultural Property Export and Import Act: The Experience of Protecting Cultural Property

Alternate Title
Part IV: International Repatriation and Protection of Cultural Property
Articles » Scholarly, peer reviewed
Author/Creator
David A. Walden
University of British Columbia Law Review, Special Issue: Material Culture in Flux: Law and Policy of Repatriation of Cultural Property, 1995, pp. [203]-216
Description
Discusses five features of the Act: the establishment of a Export Control List, provision for loans and grants to institutions to purchase items that cannot be exported, establishment of a review board dealing with applications for export permits and certification of property for income tax purposes, establish income tax incentives for donation or sales of objects to designated institutions, and procedures for recovery of property which has been illegally exported.
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Cheyenne Moccasins With Thunderbird Designs: Part 1

Alternate Title
MoccasinCorner: Cheyenne Moccasins With Thunderbird Designs: Part 1
Articles » Scholarly, peer reviewed
Author/Creator
Michael Kostelnik
Whispering Wind, vol. 38, no. 3, Issue 265, January-February 2009, pp. 12-17
Description
First part in series on Cheyenne use of the Thunderbird symbol in the beadwork of men's moccasins. Contains photographs of moccasins from the Bata Shoe Museum, displaying typical toe designs and other examples of Thunderbird use.
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Chiefly Feasts

Book Reviews
Author/Creator
Allen Wardwell
Art Journal, vol. 51, no. 4, Winter, 1992, pp. 91-93
Description
Book review of: Chiefly Feasts: The Enduring Kwakiutl Potlach edited by Aldona Jonaitis.
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Collaborative Museum Research With Yu'pik Elders

Book Reviews
Author/Creator
Dawn Biddison
Études Inuit Studies, vol. 29, no. 1-2, Préserver la langue et les savoirs / Preserving Language and Knowledge, 2005, pp. 341-344
Description
Reviews of two books: Yu'pik Elders at the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin: Fieldwork Turned on Its Head by Ann Fienup-Rirodan. Ciuliamta Akluit: Things of Our Ancestors by Marie Mead and Ann Fienup-Rirodan.
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