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Sealaska Heritage will sponsor a free lecture by French anthropologist and visiting scholar Marie Mauze on the repatriation of a British Columbia headdress in 2003.
The lecture will focus on a Kwakwak'awakw headdress that was acquired in 1965 by French poet Andree Breton and repatriated to the U'Mista Culture Centre (Alert Bay). Mauze, an anthropologist with the College de France, was instrumental in its return.
The lecture, titled "The Lives of a Kwakwak'awakw Headdress from its Confiscation by the Canadian Authorities in 1922 until its Repatriation in 2003," is scheduled at noon, July 1, in SHI's Living History Center in the Walter Soboleff Building. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch to the lecture, which will also be videotaped and posted online.
Mauze has worked on the Northwest Coast for more than 30 years, and most of her fieldwork has been among the Kwakwak'awakw of British Columbia. She was accepted into the institute's Visiting Scholar Program to conduct a new study on Northwest Coast art and material culture. She is doing a comparative study within four Northwest Coast societies on how crests and spirits are represented on ceremonial objects. For more information, visit www.sealaskaheritage.org