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The Field Museum Session – Sunday, September 10th, 2017
September 10, 2017 @ 12:00 PM - 12:40 PMFree
Elder Barney Williams will introduce this session with some background on the importance of this collection to the Tla-o-qui-aht community.
Jamie Lewis will discuss the documentation on the Nuu-chah-nulth items in the collection at The Field Museum in Chicago, IL. She will be highlighting a collection of items made by Nuu-chah-nulth individuals at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri, as well as a group of seven house posts, collected around the same time, that once stood in the Tla-o-qui-aht village of Opitsaht and belonged to the house of Ha’wiih Wickanninish. Jamie will also discuss the ways in which the Museum cares for objects in the collection, how collections care practices have changed, and what opportunities there are for collaboration presently, and in the future.
Barney Williams (Taa-eee-sim-chilth) is an elected council member for the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and he holds the important hereditary position of Beach Keeper for the Tla-o-qui-aht people. Barney has contributed to many community initiatives to support survivors of Residential School and speaks openly about his experiences as a survivor. Barney is also a fluent Nuu-chah-nulth speaker and plays an active role in cultural gatherings along the coast.
Jamie Lewis is a Collections Manager at The Field Museum in Chicago. She is responsible for the care of the collections of cultural material from North America, and also helps to facilitate both physical and digital access to the collections. In her two years at the Museum, Jamie has worked with dozens of Native American and First Nations artists and community members who have come to Chicago to visit their cultural heritage. Jamie is participating in the Carving on the Edge Festival this year to share with the community about what items of Nuu-chah-nulth cultural heritage that reside at the Museum, and to learn more about carving on the Northwest Coast.