For almost six decades the Museum of Anthropology has been building its collections representing diverse peoples from around the world. Through purchases, commissions, and generous donations and bequests, the Museum is able to add selectively to its collections each year. This winter, the Museum is proud to showcase several recent acquisitions from the South Pacific, Nunavut, and of course, the Northwest Coast of British Columbia.
Objects from the South Pacific include a shield and spectacular carved fish (Solomon Islands), decorated bamboo tube (New Caledonia), and two clubs (Fiji). These objects join almost 1600 others collected in the Pacific by Canadian writer and traveller Frank Burnett between 1898 and 1920, and donated to UBC in 1927. These formed the founding collection of the as-yet-to-be-built Museum of Anthropology.
The Nunavut sculptures form part of a collection bequeathed to the Museum by Doris Shadbolt (1918-2003) ? writer, collector, curator, educator, and passionate supporter of Canadian art. Artworks featured include human, animal, bird and transforming figures in stone and whalebone by artists such as George Aggiaq, Elizabeth Noolanaloo, and Andrew Miki.
Recent acquisitions from the Northwest Coast include three contemporary painted house screens by Haisla artist Lyle Wilson; mixed-media works by Kwakwaka?wakw artist Marianne Nicolson and Coast Salish artist Susan Point; and a remarkable Chilkat robe (gwishalaayt) woven by Tsimshian artist Li?amlax?uu (William White).
The Museum is grateful to the following individuals and agencies that made these acquisitions
possible: the Canada Council for the Arts; Doris Shadbolt; Eric and Peter Groves; Ellen, Geoffrey, and Tracy Henderson; MOA Shop Volunteers, Ruth Read Bequest.