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Indigenous Ontologies, Digital Futures: Plural Provenances and the Challenge of Collaborative Museum DocumentationAaron Gl...
Three “Relational Contexts”        for Museum Objects               1. Ontological(object in relation to cultural theories...
Aaron Glass, William Wasden Jr,     and Sharon Grainger at theEthnological Museum Berlin, April 2007
Johan Adrian Jacobsen (right)
Jacobsen’s journal(pub. 1884)
NorthwestCoast HallIn the RoyalEthnologyMuseum, Berlin(on right,1920s)
Bastian’scatalogue(1883)
Bastian’scatalogue(1883)
World War II
Original catalogue ledger
Original catalogue cards
Franz Boas’s fieldnote cards, 1886-94 (AMNH)
Franz Boas“Social Organization andSecret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians.”(USNM Report, pub.1897)
Publicationreplication
George Hunt’s corrections to Boas 1897 (APS)
Boas manuscript, c.1920 (APS)
William Wasden on the Dzunuk’wa mask in Berlin
EMB                                            UBC MOA                               Owned by Chief Nulis,                ...
Objects from Quatsino Sound
NMNHEMB                                           AMNH  Hope Island carver ID’d by name in Boas notes
“Hamshamtses” masks (Boas 1897)
Objects with “copies”or multiple attributions??
Late 19th Century style Hamat’sa masks
Mid 20th Century style Hamat’sa masks (RBCM)
utilitarian items
Indigenous provenance field:Non-Indigenous provenance field:
The CodeSemantic Content User Interface
Berlin database project
Berlin database project
Berlin database project
Berlin database project
Berlin database project
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A collaborative project to create a digital database to document the Kwakwaka'wakw collection in the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin

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  1. 1. Indigenous Ontologies, Digital Futures: Plural Provenances and the Challenge of Collaborative Museum DocumentationAaron GlassBard Graduate Center
  2. 2. Three “Relational Contexts” for Museum Objects 1. Ontological(object in relation to cultural theories of being) 2. Taxonomic (object in relation to other objects) 3. Epistemological(object in relation to cultural ways of knowing)
  3. 3. Aaron Glass, William Wasden Jr, and Sharon Grainger at theEthnological Museum Berlin, April 2007
  4. 4. Johan Adrian Jacobsen (right)
  5. 5. Jacobsen’s journal(pub. 1884)
  6. 6. NorthwestCoast HallIn the RoyalEthnologyMuseum, Berlin(on right,1920s)
  7. 7. Bastian’scatalogue(1883)
  8. 8. Bastian’scatalogue(1883)
  9. 9. World War II
  10. 10. Original catalogue ledger
  11. 11. Original catalogue cards
  12. 12. Franz Boas’s fieldnote cards, 1886-94 (AMNH)
  13. 13. Franz Boas“Social Organization andSecret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians.”(USNM Report, pub.1897)
  14. 14. Publicationreplication
  15. 15. George Hunt’s corrections to Boas 1897 (APS)
  16. 16. Boas manuscript, c.1920 (APS)
  17. 17. William Wasden on the Dzunuk’wa mask in Berlin
  18. 18. EMB UBC MOA Owned by Chief Nulis, Ed Newman Multiple versions of the Nulis Mask
  19. 19. Objects from Quatsino Sound
  20. 20. NMNHEMB AMNH Hope Island carver ID’d by name in Boas notes
  21. 21. “Hamshamtses” masks (Boas 1897)
  22. 22. Objects with “copies”or multiple attributions??
  23. 23. Late 19th Century style Hamat’sa masks
  24. 24. Mid 20th Century style Hamat’sa masks (RBCM)
  25. 25. utilitarian items
  26. 26. Indigenous provenance field:Non-Indigenous provenance field:
  27. 27. The CodeSemantic Content User Interface

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