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2017 has been super busy and exciting, and the local talent impressive! Our year started off with community-led shows presented in partnership with the Haida Gwaii Museum: Sk’aadGa Naay Elementary School’s Stewardship of Our Food; GidGalang Kuuyas Naay Secondary School’s Trove; and the Haida Gwaii Arts Council’s All Island Art Show.
These productions were followed by exhibitions from talented artists across the lands in a variety of mediums: Yukon artist Neil Graham showed Painting Haida Gwaii; Kelowna artist Joice Hall, Yael Brotman of Toronto, and Haida Gwaii’s Kung Jaadee presented Artists in Gwaii Haanas; Montreal-based artist Mandi Morgan brought us BOREAL; Haida artist, singer and author Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson presented Out of Concealment: Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii. As well, our Museum partnered with the Vancouver Civic Centres, UBC Museum of Anthropology and the Dancers of Damelahamid to launch the Queen Elizabeth Theatre’s Visual Arts Program in Vancouver. Filling their three-story lobby, the exhibition Unceded Traditions . Unceded Territories featured 13 Indigenous dance groups from the Northwest Coast and inland, along with 12 visual artists. In total performance and visual artists from 10 Indigenous Nations were represented along with two Canadians!
New exhibitions found throughout our permanent galleries include works by Haida artist Patrick McGuire; Penticton artist Karel Doyurter; the Ngystle Society’s National Indian Residential School Commemorative Marker; and Gidansda’s Moon and Mountain Goat Chest and Chief’s Settee. Some new surprises can be found in our permanent exhibits as well. Due to the generosity of private citizens who’ve donated some very special treasures, our Weaving, Open Storage and Repatriation exhibits have been enhanced!
We’re not done yet! We also launched our e-museum—featuring over 3000 digitized images of historic Haida Gwaii! (check it out on our website); did some major building renovations; held our 4th annual Museum Fundraising Gala & Auction; sponsored a number of artist workshops and artist residencies; and presented some critical lectures, including Francis Poole & the Journey into Colonialism by Tom Swanky J.D.; and Ecoforestry: Providing Ecologically & Culturally Responsible Options by Herb Hammond of the Silva Foundation.
On another note, the Haida Gwaii Museum would like to say a huge haawa to Dr. Scott Marsden. Scott has served as Director of our museum for the past four years. His vision and commitment have realized some major accomplishments here while at the same time getting his PhD! Scott’s left a strong legacy, both in our museum and across these Islands. We wish you the best Dr. Marsden and are dedicated to seeing through your visions for the Haida Gwaii Museum. Haawa, haawa, haawa!
Welcome to Nika Collison who will serve as Acting Director for the next year! Nika has been curator of our museum since 2000 and is excited to “try out” this new role. Congratulations are also in order for Nika—she was honoured with the 2017 Michael M. Ames Award for Innovative Museum Anthropology from the AAA Council of Museum of Anthropology, and was named by the BC Museums Association as one of ten Top Cultural Professionals for 2017.