Museum of Anthropology

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In this program, the intersections between science, culture, museums and architecture are explored. Students will learn about the historical context in which scientific knowledge of earthquakes was formulated. By engaging in different ways that earthquakes are recorded, in objects, artworks and oral traditions, students are encouraged to think about the significance of cultural and artistic interpretations of earthquakes. Students will have the chance to investigate some seismic and engineering concepts through small-scale hands-on demonstrations. A visit to see MOA conservators in action, will give students insights into the efforts and responsibilities of conserving culturally significant objects. Students will be asked to consider intersecting ways of knowing by drawing on cultural stories, scientific understandings and museum practices while also thinking about earthquake preparedness.

In this program, students encounter examples of historical and contemporary Northwest Coast First Nations paintings and are introduced to the innovative Image Recovery Project. Using infrared technology, and raking light to reveal images under dirt or ash, historical painted images are recovered from bentwood boxes, house fronts and other cedar sculptures and objects. The recovery of these images allows First Nations artists and researchers to see the uniqueness and beauty of historical Northwest Coast paintings. A visual presentation paired with a walking tour through the museum galleries highlights the both new and old objects that have extraordinary painted designs. Contemporary bentwood boxes recreated from the infrared photographs of historic boxes are used in a tracing and sketching activity to encourage students to look closely, and appreciate the artists design skills.

In this program, students are introduced to contemporary and historic Northwest Coast First Nations art. The tour of a select group of art works emphasizes the importance and role of multi-generational teachings, the role of art in activism and resistance, diversity of issues and expressions in Northwest Coast First Nations. Students are introduced to a variety of stories and perspective of the Northwest Coast First Nations artists, Elders or knowledge holders. The goal of the tour and discussion is to understand the importance of shared histories and to seek meaningful ways to understand others through art. The program will conclude with a framing activity where students choose an object and frame it in ways which pose the questions – what is included, what is excluded. A facilitated discussion follows.

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