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This Is Our Life

Haida Material Heritage and Changing Museum Practice

by Cara Krmpotich; Laura Peers & the Haida Repatriation Committee and staff of the Pitt Rivers Museum and British Museum

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ISBN:9780774825405
publisher: UBC Press
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In September 2009, twenty-one members of the Haida Nation went to the Pitt Rivers Museum and the British Museum to work with several hundred heritage treasures. Featuring contributions from all the participants and a rich selection of illustrations, This Is Our Life details the remarkable story of the Haida Project – from the planning to the encounter and through the years that followed. A fascinating look at the meaning behind objects, the value of repatriation, and the impact of historical trajectories like colonialism, this is also a story of the understanding that grew between the Haida people and museum staff.

About the Authors
Cara Krmpotich is an assistant professor in the Museum Studies program, Faculty of Information, at the University of Toronto.
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Laura Peers was associate curator for the exhibition Sacred Encounters: Father de Smet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West, and co-author, with project director Jacqueline Peterson, of the exhibition catalogue. Together with Jennifer S.H. Brown, she wrote a critical review and preface for a new edition of Harold Hickerson's The Chippewa and their Neighbors.
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Laura Peers was associate curator for the exhibition Sacred Encounters: Father de Smet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West, and co-author, with project director Jacqueline Peterson, of the exhibition catalogue. Together with Jennifer S.H. Brown, she wrote a critical review and preface for a new edition of Harold Hickerson's The Chippewa and their Neighbors.
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Contributor Notes

Cara Krmpotich is an assistant professor in the Museum Studies program at the University of Toronto. Laura Peers is a curator at the Pitt Rivers Museum and a reader in material anthropology in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford.

Editorial Reviews

This inspirational book offers a fascinating ethnography .., The innovative multivocal presentation incorporates a range of opinions and emotions expressed by named curators, conservators, researchers, Elders, cultural descendants, and artists. The authors demonstrate the historical richness of museum collections and highlight their potential for community revitalization and cross-cultural understanding.

— Anita Herle, Senior Curator for Anthropology, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge

This book offers honest insight into the logistics, dilemmas, anxieties, anger, and joy, which combined for a “bittersweet” experience for museum professionals and the Haida through the six months' preparations and during the three-week visit.

— BC Studies

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