New PDF release: Captured Heritage: The Scramble for Northwest Coast

By Douglas Cole

ISBN-10: 0774805374

ISBN-13: 9780774805377

The heyday of anthropological amassing at the Northwest Coast came about among 1875 and the good melancholy. The scramble for skulls and skeletons, poles, canoes, baskets, dinner party bowls, and mask went on till it appeared that just about every little thing now not nailed down or hidden used to be long gone. The interval of so much extreme accumulating at the coast coincided with the expansion of anthropological museums, which mirrored the conclusion that point was once operating out and that civilization was once pushing the indigenous humans to the wall, destroying their fabric tradition or even extinguishing the local inventory itself. Douglas Cole examines the method of amassing within the context of the improvement of museums and anthropology. the most North American museums with Northwest Coast collections -- the Smithsonian establishment, the yankee Museum of average historical past, Chicago's box Museum of ordinary heritage, the Royal British Columbia Museum, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa -- have been excessive opponents within the race opposed to time. For the hot variation of Captured background, Douglas Cole has written a preface within which he outlines advancements because the book's first ebook in 1985. considering that that point, for instance, the Kwagiulth Museum and Cultural heart on Quadra Island and the U'Mista Museum and Cultural middle at Alert Bay were profitable in having a few of their artifacts repatriated.

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Crosby had it repainted with native pigments. 43 These objects, reassembled as wholes where necessary, stood prominently in the U. S. Government Building; the house planks and one pole were placed outside the building. They evoked the wonder if not the admiration of visitors. " This curious but uncomprehending reception of the Northwest Coast objects seems characteristic of the general response to the Indian display. "45 As an educational display, Baird's Indian exhibit was not a success. The ethnological materials were merely repellent curiosities.

His collection for 1875-76 totalled about five 28 B A I R D AND SWAN B U I L D A C O L L E C T I O N Ethnological exhibit, U. S. Government Building, Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, 1876. Smithsonian Institution photo #74-4541. hundred objects, among which the big canoe took pride of place. " Although virtually the first and easiest thing for him to buy, that canoe cost a great deal in anguish before reaching Philadelphia. She was towed by steamer to the Songhees Reserve at Victoria without difficulty and there Powell had two coats of paint applied and a temporary shed erected to prevent the summer sun from cracking her hull.

Settling in Neah Bay near Cape Flattery, among the Makah, a group affiliated with the Nootka of Vancouver Island, he nursed intentions of making contributions to the Smithsonian and the National Museum. He was spurred into action by the urging of Dr. George Suckley, a member of the Pacific Railroad Survey who was himself sending natural history specimens to Washington. Swan entered into a correspondence with Baird and Henry, keeping meteorological records for them and, early in 1860, sending his first package, specimens of shellfish, to the Institution.

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