Tuesday, June 03, 2008

"Listening To Our Ancestors": Final Seven Weeks Of Humane Shock And Awe In New York City

N. and I felt privileged to have viewed, yesterday in lower Manhattan, the Smithsonian Museum exhibition "Listening To Our Ancestors". It is on display in New York City for the next seven weeks (extended?).

The wonderful web-site to the exhibition is here; and an anthropological bibliography is here.

In later 2008, a core collection of objects will travel to the eleven native communities from which they originated: the Coast Salish, Makah, Nuu chah nulth, Kwakwaka'wakw, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk, Tsimshian, Nisga'a, Gitxsan, Haida, and Tlingit.

One exhibit centerpiece, a 19th century Kwakwaka'wakw welcome figure carved in red cedar, appears on the cover of the accompanying book. Kwakwaka'wakw Chief Robert Joseph is a curatorial advisor to the exhibition.

As N. commented, "these works are the highest Treasures".

Welcome sculpture and departure sculpture (grave stele).

Image credits: (c) Smithsonian Institution and Alaskan Digital Archives via The Cathedral Grove Web-site. With thanks.


[For fht and our families.]


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