This post for The History Education Network/Histoire et Education en Reseau focuses on how teaching histories of colonialism can be made more affective/effective if we harness the existing significance people attach to their own family histories. Click the link to read the whole post on their website.
Last month, Musqueam curator Terry Point gave an address to the THEN/HiER conference at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, focusing on how collaborative museum work can be improved when we remember our teachings. In Hun'qumi'num, the language spoken by Musqueam people, the phrase "xʷəńiwən ce:p kʷθəθ nəὠeyəɬ" means "remember your teachings." Point shared with... Continue Reading →
Lisa Truong and I have been working on a research project on some intriguing and enigmatic objects: teacups woven or carved by Indigenous artists during the mid-twentieth century. We've presented this research at various stages at three different conferences: a focused symposium on Inbetweenness in London, England this past March; at the Canadian Historical Association... Continue Reading →
Earlier this week, I went in to the Tzeachten Community Center to cast my ballot in the advance polls for the BC election. The irony of voting at a First Nations administrative office for an election in a province that has a history of exceptionally unjust treatment of Indigenous peoples has had me thinking a... Continue Reading →
This week for THEN/HiER I wrote a piece about a really exciting project that Laura Wee Lay Laq began a few years ago. Wee Lay Laq reconfigured the conventional advertising billboard into a way to display information on the history, language, and landscape of the Stó:lõ people. She also teaches Halq'eméylem language at the University... Continue Reading →
Ruth Phillips' 2011 book Museum Pieces: Towards the Indigenization of Canadian Museums presents the argument that during the latter half of the twentieth century, museum work practices have become indigenized; that is to say, that moments of rupture and of harmony between Indigenous peoples and museum workers have resulted in the co-creation of a new... Continue Reading →
Earlier in February, I attended the Qualicum History Conference with no plans of presenting, which meant I got to devote all of my energy towards hearing some really exciting papers from up-and-coming historians. Plus, along with three other budding historians, I wrote some blog posts for Canada's History about the new research being presented there.... Continue Reading →
My most recent post for THEN/HiER is on Idle No More. I gather together some fantastic things other people have written about the movement, and attempt to incite you to read them all. (Self-)education for decolonization! Image by Aaron Paquette (www.aaronpaquette.net)