Who did the project reach?
To share knowledge the artists help open studio sessions with University staff and public, and Oxfordshire carvers and furniture makers. Videography documented the process for the project website. The new Great Box then went home to the Haida Gwaii and was used in secondary school art clesses, public discussions and a Haida Gwaii Museum exhibit.
What was the impact of the project?
Haida people regard the ‘repatriation’ of the Great Box as very significant. Marnie (Haida Secondary School assistant): “… we can see it in books, but to actually come up and see it and feel it and examine it – it can only benefit our community and our people. Having direct access to this will continue to inspire and challenge.”
Inspired by the project, the artists are developing a new Haida language art vocabulary, a significant outcome for an endangered Indigenous language for which art terms had not been preserved.