Monday, May 12, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
History and Description of the Cultural Item(s) Between 1897 and 1928, one cultural item was removed from Wrangell, AK, by Fred W. Carlyon, a local shop owner. Carlyon and his sister, Anna Vaughn, collected the Shtax' Heen Kwaan Kaachadi Frog Hat during their time in Wrangell in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Later, the hat passed from the collectors to Dorothy K. Haberman, who was Miss Vaughn's daughter. Mrs. Haberman donated the hat to the Oakland Museum of California in 1959. The sacred object/object of cultural patrimony is a clan crest hat in the shape of a frog carved from wood and with copper overlay on formline. The eyes are overlaid with abalone and the hat is topped with five woven spruce root rings. Oral traditions say that the Tlingit Indians have inhabited Southeast Alaska since time immemorial. They share an identity as a tribe and trace that identity to multiple ancestral groups. The Khaach.[aacute]di clan of Xh[iacute]xhch'i H[iacute]t (Frog House) of the Shtax H[eacute]en Khwaan (``Wrangell People'') have origin stories tracing the group from the Naas H[eacute]eni (Naas River) to the Shtax H[eacute]en (Stikine River). An ancestress of the clan obtained rights to the Frog crest on the Shtaxh H[eacute]en. The Frog Hat is considered a sacred object/object of cultural patrimony because of its status as at.[oacute]ow--a clan owned object brought out in ceremonies by a clan appointed caretaker and an object that could not be alienated without the consent of the entire clan. The Frog Hat, as clan property, is needed for the present-day clan members to participate in ongoing ceremonies.
History and Description of the Cultural Items In 1903, one cultural item was removed from the Pueblo of Laguna in Cibola, Valencia, Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, NM. One other cultural item is believed to have been removed from the same community at the same time. These two items were collected by Stewart Culin, the first curator that collected American Indian items for the Brooklyn Museum. The Denver Art Museum subsequently acquired the two items from the Brooklyn Museum through an exchange in 1948. The items are two Katsina Friends and meet the definition of both objects of cultural patrimony and sacred objects. The review of available documentation, in addition to physical inspections by multiple Pueblo of Laguna delegations, has resulted in confirmation from Pueblo of Laguna religious leaders that the two Katsina Friends are of Pueblo of Laguna origin. The Pueblo of Laguna asserts that a relationship of shared group identity exists between the Pueblo of Laguna in 1903, and the present-day Pueblo of Laguna. These Katsina Friends were created within the Pueblo of Laguna religious system with construction techniques still used today. In addition to the positive identification by Laguna religious leaders that the two Katsina Friends are of Laguna Pueblo origin, cultural affiliation with the Pueblo of Laguna is evident by a variety of diagnostic features. The catalog cards also associate these two items with ``Laguna.''
History and Description of the Cultural Items The 90 cultural items consist of Western Apache ceremonial items collected at the San Carlos Apache Reservation and White Mountain Apache Reservation in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The items to be repatriated come from four separate Field Museum accessions. Of the 90 requested cultural items, 21 items come from Field Museum accession 769. Charles Owen, acting on behalf of The Field Museum of Natural History, purchased these 21 items from various individuals on the White Mountain Apache Reservation, Arizona, in the spring of 1901, during a Field Columbian Museum expedition to the Southwest. The requested items include 8 medicine hats, 5 buckskin medicine shirts, 3 cradle charms/ornaments, 1 necklace, 1 wristlet of medicine beads, 2 medicine shields, and 1 medicine cord with a wooden figure. Of the 90 requested cultural items, 67 items come from Field Museum accession 847. Charles Owen purchased these 67 items from various individuals on the White Mountain Apache and San Carlos Reservations during a 1903 Field Columbian Museum expedition to the Southwest. The requested items include 11 medicine strings, 18 painted medicine shirts and buckskins, 12 medicine hats, 7 necklaces, 4 wooden figures, 3 amulets, 2 medicine rings, 2 buckskin bags with wooden figures, 2 wristlets, 1 necklace and bag, 1 group of 12 eagle breath feathers, 1 hunting charm, 1 medicine shield, 1 medicine stick, and 1 wooden medicine cross. Of the 90 requested cultural items, one item comes from Field Museum accession 895. This item was purchased by the Field Columbian Museum in 1904, in Chicago, from an individual identified as Apache. This item is a wooden figure, and is identified in collection records as an ``Apache's Medicine-man's effigy.'' Charles Owen had previously seen the figure on the Apache Reservation during one of his expeditions in 1901 or 1903, but had been unable to purchase it for lack of funds. Of the 90 requested cultural items, one item comes from Field Museum accession 1926. The Field Museum of Natural History accessioned this item in 1931, receiving it as a gift from Mrs. A. Shreve Badger of Chicago. This item is identified in collection records as a ``medicine man's hat.'' According to donor information, the hat was originally collected on the Fort Apache Reservation in 1884 or 1885. The 90 cultural items have been identified as Native American sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony through museum records, scholarly publications, primary documents, consultation information, and testimony provided by representatives of the Western Apache NAGPRA Working group, a consortium of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona; Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona; White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona; and the Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp Verde Indian Reservation, Arizona.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Unfortunately, I have no prior experience working at a museum. I do, however, currently volunteer as a soccer referee for AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization). I also volunteered for two years as an Assistant Soccer Coach through the same organization. I obtained these positions through my previous connections with officials and coaches while playing under the organization when younger. Required certification (e.g., first aid/cpr) were needed for both positions, which were provided through the organization. Also, I currently serve as an on-call assistant referee for DARSL (Davis Adult Recreation Soccer League) during certain days of the week where I get paid by the game.
Shipping Registrar- (position pulled from the American Alliance of Museum website).
I feel well qualified for this position due to my extent knowledge and experience in shipping/receiving in a warehouse setting. Obtaining a B.A. degree in Anthropology would add to my list of qualifications, especially with ANTH 177 as a course taken.
My Skills Set:
- Experienced in using related equipment and machinery such as forklifts, and pallet jack.
- Knowledge of the methods, materials, tools and equipment used in custodial care and routine facilities maintenance.
- Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Internet browsing.
- A.A. degree in Anthropology at Sacramento City College.
- Coordinated various functions pertained to stocking, order-picking, shipping, and receiving merchandise.
Coordinate the shipment of objects (e.g. photographs, motion pictures, photographic and cinematic equipment, rare books) related to the museum’s collections or to its exhibitions or preservation efforts (including objects owned by others). Manage and maintain the museum’s centralized shipping of such objects and closely track and record such shipments.
· Process and coordinate museum shipments as requested by curatorial departments. The contexts of such shipments include, but are not limited to the following: proposed acquisitions, incoming and outgoing loans, exhibitions, conservation and preservation activities, digitization, and theatrical screenings.
· Monitor and record the movements of multiple shipments on a real-time basis. Develop and maintain this information in the museum’s databases.
· Maintain relationships and interact with pertinent individuals, institutions, and organizations with regard to museum shipments.
· Whenever appropriate or required, obtain multiple quotes from specialized fine art shipping companies and ensure economical and safe transportation of objects while working closely with curatorial staff members.
· Create, organize and update a roster of preferred fine art shipping companies and other commercial transporters. Search for competitive prices and safer, efficient methods of transportation on a regular basis.
· Working closely with security officers and other museum employees, contribute to the improvement of security of objects in and around the museum.
· In conjunction with other museum employees, greet shippers and drivers as needed. Notify appropriate personnel of shipment arrivals.
· Coordinate the storage and organization of shipping crates and other containers.
· Maintain a working relationship with the customs broker and/or import-export consultants. Renew the museum’s Continuous US Customs Bond annually.
· Perform other duties and projects as assigned.
· Bachelor degree in Museum Studies or related field.
· Must obtain certification in shipping hazardous materials.
· Minimum 1 year of experience in shipping or project coordination in a museum setting.
· Working knowledge of import/expert, US Customs Bond is a plus.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Spent nearly 3 hours on Saturday setting up our section at the museum. A special thanks to Nancy for letting us use the projector in order to trace the island of Tasmania. We also did a rough estimation of where most of the photos will be placed on our wall section. We met again on Monday to discuss placement of artifacts and revised several changes, such as placing the skirt in the coffin case instead of having it hanged on wall. We also cleaned coffin case from tar residue, which is a product of decaying foam material. It is a fullfilling and rewarding experience knowing that most of the hard work is done, and only a few minor details remains to be completed. We discussed with professor Castaneda about adding an additional photo to our collection. This photo pertains to a map of the locality of copper and gold extracted from Mt. Lyell. The image is provided below
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
Spent 4 hours researching in more details about the mines in Mount Lyell. Read books ( not entirely) The Mount Lyell mining field: Tasmania... by John Walter Gregory and The copper mines of the world by Walter Harvey Weed. I gathered quotes, maps, and tables, which are provided below.
The development of the Mount Lyell mine is one of the brightest stories in the annals of Australian mining. It reflects the highest credit on the Melbourne financiers who had the courage to undertake the task, and who, undaunted by obstacles, which would have been insuperable to weaker men carried it through to a triumphant issue. They owe their success to their perseverance, to the administrative ability with which they secured efficiency without waste, and to the judgment with which they selected men of high scientific skill to conduct their operations. (pg.2).
I am indebted to Mr. G. F. Beardsley, then the chief metallurgist of the company, for various analyses made under his supervision (pg.3).
Mount Lyell forms part of that higher range of mountains which Tasman saw to the east-north-east of him when he first discovered Tasmania, on the 24th November, 1642. (pg.4)
Gould's expeditions of 1800 and 1802-3 appear to have been the first to reach the Mount Lyell mining field. Gould crossed it in 1860, when he traversed the Linda Valley, which he named the " Valley," probably because he recognized the glacial origin of the hills at . He also named Mounts Murchison, Sedgwick, Lyell, and Owen. (pg.6).
The Mount Lyell mining field is on the main ridge of the Tasmanian West Coast Range. This range consists of a series of mountains' of conglomerate, resting upon a base of schists, which are exposed in the valleys between the conglomerate masses. The Mount Lyell mine occurs on one of the saddles of the West Coast Range; it is on the ridge of schists that connects Mount Lyell to Mount Owen and separates the Queen River from the Linda River, both of which are tributaries of the King River…The Mount Lyell mines are situated along the ridge which runs from the western end of Mount Lyell to Mount Owen. (pg8)