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The Work We Do

The Work We Do is an online event series focused on the work we do at the Museum of Anthropology, the community members we work with, and the shared interests that bring us together. Join us as we follow a new acquisition on its journey into the collections; learn about the work done to support preservation of Indigenous oral histories and languages; and listen to a range of voices from diverse communities guiding us towards meaningful collaborations, and ways of understanding. Each event includes a discussion and a live Q+A.


Episode 2—In a Different Light

In the second edition of The Work We Do, “In a Different Light,” join MOA Curator Karen Duffek and Musqueam guest curator Jordan Wilson as they discuss the ideas behind In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art.

Opened in 2017 to inaugurate MOA’s new Elspeth McConnell Gallery of Northwest Coast Masterworks, the exhibition invites visitors to see Northwest Coast art “in a different light,” placing extraordinary historical objects and belongings in relation to the voices of contemporary Indigenous artists, activists and other thinkers.

Episode 1—Journey Into the Collections

In the first episode of The Work We Do, “Journey Into the Collections,” learn from MOA’s Collections Care and Management team as we follow a recently donated acquisition—a contemporary Salish weaving by Barbara Marks McCoy—on its path into the MOA Collection.

This video includes a short documentary where MOA Curator Sue Rowley shares information about the donation of this piece and its historical significance, and MOA’s Collections Care and Management staff demonstrate processes involved in bringing a newly acquired weaving into the textile collection, including pest management, registration, accessioning, digitization and storage.