Professor Laura Peers, Pitt Rivers Museum & School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography
What did you do?
The project tested an innovative way to allow ethnographic collections to be accessible to their communities of origin, by replicating one key object. The Pitt Rivers Museum holds a collection of materials from the Haida Nation in British Columbia, Canada.
In 2009, brothers and professional artists Gwaai and Jaalen Edenshaw studied the ‘Great Box’, an 1860s Haida masterpiece in the museum. In September 2014, they returned with carving tools and a blank box of the original dimensions. Working with the historic box, they replicated each carving stroke, learning how it was created.