From February to June 2008, MOA is hosting Treasures of the Tsimshian from the Dundas Collection, a major exhibition of 48 artifacts collected by the Rev. Robert J. Dundas at Metlakatla, BC, in 1863. MOA is the last stop on the exhibition’s cross-country tour, which began in April 2006 in Tsimshian territory, where these important cultural pieces originated, and where they had not been seen for more than a century. Following their display at MOA in 2008, the objects will be returned to their present owners, who purchased the majority of them at auction in October 2006.
Developed by the Royal B.C. Museum and the chiefs and elders of the Allied Tsimshian Tribes of Lax Kw’Alaams and Metlakatla, and co-presented at MOA by the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, this exhibit presents a unique opportunity for local and international visitors to learn about and appreciate the rich artistic and cultural traditions of the Tsimshian people.
A range of public programs accompanies the show (please see www.moa.ubc.ca/programs – “We Are All One” – for details). Thanks to exhibition sponsors Westerkirk Capital and BC Ferries, and media sponsors The Georgia Straight and CBC Radio One.