Monday, May 12, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Lab hours 10

Acted as docent at the Beardsley exhibit. (2hrs.)
Conducted online research on assigned artifacts (1hrs)


Item 1
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 

(Federal Notice)

Item 2
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.''

(Federal Notice)

Item 3
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.

(Federal Notice)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Museum Jobs

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:
  1.  Experienced in using related equipment and machinery such as forklifts, and pallet jack.
  2. Knowledge of the methods, materials, tools and equipment used in custodial care and routine facilities maintenance.
  3. Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Internet browsing.
  4. A.A. degree in Anthropology at Sacramento City College.
  5. Coordinated various functions pertained to stocking, order-picking, shipping, and receiving merchandise.

Shipping Registrar
Job ID:
Position Title:
Shipping Registrar
Company Name:
George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film
Job Function:
Registrar/Collections Management
Entry Level:
Rochester, New York, 14607, United States  
April 7, 2014
Job Type:
Job Duration:
Min Education:
Min Experience:
1-2 Years
Required Travel:
Job Description
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.
Job Requirements
Minimum Requirements:
·        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

Lab hour 8

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

Lab Hour 7

Met with group member to discuss what to include in the fabrication- 1 1/2 hrs
Did research on Mt. Lyel trying to locate additional pictures & text- 4 hrs
Edited final document with texts and pictures of Mt. Lyell- 1 hrs.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lab Hour #6

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 "Chamounix Valley," probably because he recognized the glacial origin of the hills at Gormanston. 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 RiverThe Mount Lyell mines are situated along the ridge which runs from the western end of Mount Lyell to Mount Owen. (pg8)  




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