Biographies of Objects
Join us for conversations with two highly sought after Indigenous authors:
David A. Robertson, an award-winning author of numerous books for children, YA and adults, and a member of Norway House Cree Nation. David has long been an advocate for educating youth on Indigenous history and contemporary issues.
Jesse Thistle, a Métis-Cree and Assistant Professor at York University in Toronto, where he is working on theories of intergenerational and historic trauma of the Métis people. His award-winning memoir, From the Ashes, is a #1 national bestseller in Canada.
These events continue the series Creative Conversations with indigenous Canada, organised in partnership with the University of Glasgow's Creative Writing Programme.
Among the many holdings of The Hunterian collections can be found items such as a pair of mittens from the Huron-Wendat from the Great Lakes region in North America and a parka from the Inuit from Baffin Island, Canada. The online catalogue provides us with information regarding the objects’ materials and their possible geographical origins. However, it does not provide us with any information of their makers or who brought them to The Hunterian. The catalogue leaves the following questions unanswered: Who made the objects and why? How did they come the long way from North America to Scotland? Who brought these objects to Scotland and why?
This project will explore the histories of Indigenous objects from North America and the changing stories and narratives of objects from the past to the present. Many objects came to Scotland in the nineteenth century. I will analyse the British perceptions of North American Indigenous peoples during the nineteenth century. This project will further examine how museums deal with the colonial past and acquirement of Indigenous objects. In addition, it will demonstrate how contemporary museum practices are changing and begin to include Indigenous viewpoints and de-centring Eurocentric views.
If you missed or want to re-visit our fantastic event with Dr Renae Watchman (Mount Royal University) on Indigenous literary arts, you'll love this blog from American Studies at Glasgow.
Browse the collections
The following links allow you to browse the records of the Indigenous Collections at The Hunterian
Follow the project on Twitter: @HAP_ObjectBios
Alexandra Abletshauser, Doctoral Candidate in Canadian Literature.
Alexandra is working on Canadian prose writing from 1880 to 1914. She explores how English-Canadian and French-Canadian women writers used to emotions to engage in contemporary discussions on social and political issues.
Mittens - GLAHM:E.105, mitten, Huron-Wendat
Parka - GLAHM:E.1984.5/1, parka, Inuit