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“Innovation, Habitus, and Heritage”: A New Paper Out Now in JFR

Hi all. I am happy to note that a new paper, co-authored with Johannes Müske and Lijun Zhang, has just been published in the Journal of Folklore Research. I will try to find ways to share a version of it outside the paywall. For now (for those with interest and access) here are the Project MUSE and JSTOR versions.

Jackson, Jason Baird, Johannes Müske, and Lijun Zhang. “Innovation, Habitus, and Heritage: Modeling the Careers of Cultural Forms Through Time.” Journal of Folklore Research 57, no. 1 (2020): 111-136. https://www.muse.jhu.edu/article/751220.

Jackson, Jason Baird, Johannes Müske, and Lijun Zhang. “Innovation, Habitus, and Heritage: Modeling the Careers of Cultural Forms Through Time.” Journal of Folklore Research 57, no. 1 (2020): 111-36. Accessed March 14, 2020. doi:10.2979/jfolkrese.57.1.04.

My co-authors want to share our appreciation for the editorial staff, peer-reviewers, and audiences who helped make this paper possible. For anyone interested, I paste the abstracts below (look before the page one image):

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Abstract

Since the 1990s, folklorists have become more deliberate in their use of the concept of heritage, with the term now standing at the center of our theoretical and policy debates. Heritage is both a phenomenon in the world that folklorists think about and a concept that we think with. In this article we build on classic and recent work, presenting an ideal type model of heritage that locates it within the flow of time and in relationship to other modes of culture—particularly innovation and normative culture or, in a somewhat different framework, habitus. The heuristic offered emphasizes the different degrees of metacultural salience characteristic of a cultural form in a particular social, cultural, and historical context and aims to supplement critical perspectives that are particularly focused on formal heritage policies.

Abstract

Seit den 1990er Jahren wird das Konzept Kulturerbe in den volkskundlichen Kulturwissenschaften zuneh-mend reflektiert. Der Begriff ist zentral für heutige Theorie- und Policy-Debatten im Fach: Kulturerbe ist sowohl ein Phänomen über das als auch ein Konzept mit dem KulturwissenschaftlerInnen nachdenken. In diesem Artikel entwerfen wir, aufbauend auf klassischen und aktuellen Studien, ein idealtypisches Modell von Kulturerbe, welches Kulturerbe zeitlich und in Relation zu anderen kulturalen Modi anordnet—insbesondere zu Innovation und kulturellen Normen (in anderer theoretischer Lesart auch Habitus). Die vorgeschlagene Heuristik betont den metakulturellen Charakter einer kulturellen Form und die unterschiedlichen Grade der Bewusstheit in einem bestimmten sozialen, kulturellen und historischen Kontext und möchte kritische Perspektiven auf Kulturerbe-Politiken ergänzen.

Abstract

自20世纪90年代以来,民俗学者对遗产概念的使用变得更具思考性,现在这一术语已经成为我们理论和政策辩论的焦点。遗产即是民俗学者思考的全球现象,也是我们用于思考的一个概念。本文以经典研究和近期成果为基础,提出一个遗产的理想型模型。该模型把遗产置于时间之流中和与其他文化模式的关系之中,特别是与创新和惯常文化的关系之中,惯常文化在某种不同的框架里也被称为惯习。本文的启发性在于强调在特定社会、文化和历史语境中文化形式的元文化程度是不同的,本文也意在补充那些侧重于官方遗产政策的批判性观点。

Remembered Visits to Seminole and Miccosukee Country

Some readers of Shreds and Patches know that I just lost my father KBJ (1935-2020). Others know that I am presently returning to my studies of craft from the Native South after the conclusion of my Directorship (2013-2019) of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. With my father on my mind and in a time in which my family has been spending a lot of time looking at old family photographs, my father’s life and influence on me can be linked to my renewed studies.

While I was still in grade school (6th grade maybe?), my father brought me to the section of the Miccosukee Reservation on the Tamiami Trail west of Miami. We went at the time of the event presently called the Miccosukee Indian Arts and Crafts Festival. I recall watching a visiting Kevin Locke (Lakota) hoop dancing and seeing a lot of patchwork and other Seminole/Miccosukee crafts. In those days a would-be patchwork jacket buyer could sort through hundreds of off-the-rack examples. I recall eating sofkee for the first time–out of a paper cup from a food stand.

I do not know if he began collecting Seminole dolls on that visit or not, but in the years since that period, his collection grew and grew. After his collection was damaged in a house fire, he started again. A part of his second collection is shown below.

2016-02-01 Ken Jackson Seminole Dolls

Seminole Dolls from My Father’s Collection.

In taking me to Seminole/Miccosukee country, my dad was repeating an experience of his own youth. As shown in the other picture I share below, my dad was taken to a Seminole tourist camp when he was little. I do not know specifically where he was taken (by my step grandmother?), but this would have been in the Musa Isle era.

When I think about the path that my own life has taken, I think about how my father played a major role in leading me to the trailhead from which I departed. His own journey was remarkable and I am grateful beyond measure for the life course that he set me upon.

Kendall's First Visit to a Seminole Village Miami Fl Nov 14 1939

My father as a very small boy visits a Seminole tourist village near Miami.

 

New Project Pages

Here on Shreds and Patches, there is a new menu item for Projects. The Projects landing page gives a quick overview of, and links to, some of key projects that I am involved in and the menu can also lead visitors directly to project pages. Right now there are project pages for the “Museum Ethnography in the Native South” project (2020-present) and two sub-projects of the larger “China-US Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project” of the American Folklore Society and the China Folklore Society. These are the “Collaborative Work in Museum Folklore and Heritage Studies” (2017-present) and “Intangible Cultural Heritage and Ethnographic Museum Practice” (2013-2016).

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Near Old Dali, Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan, China, May 2019.

Material Culture and Heritage Studies in Northern Guangxi, China at #AFSAM19

I am here using a blog post not to share current news, but to get an older document online and linkable. What follows is the short (public) and long (unseen, for peer-review) abstracts from the panel “Material Culture and Heritage Studies in Northern Guangxi, China: Ethnographic Reports from the China-US Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project” presented at the 2019 American Folklore Society Annual Meeting (October 17, 2019, Baltimore, Maryland). My intention is to link to this post from a new (February 2020) page for the “Collaborative Work in Museum Folklore and Heritage Studies” (sub-)project. An earlier post on the panel appeared here.

Material Culture and Heritage Studies in Northern Guangxi, China: Ethnographic Reports from the China-US Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project

In a three-year phase of the China-US Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project, researchers from six museums have collaborated in a binational program of ethnographic research in China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. In this panel, project participants will report on the research, sometimes emphasizing textile practices such as embroidery and basketry, sometimes focusing on heritage issues, sometimes discussing the lessons of the collaboration. The presenters will share their findings in accessible ways but China specialists may wish to know that research has taken place among the Dong people of Sanjiang Dong Autonomous County and the Baiku Yao people living in Nandan County.

Material Culture and Heritage Studies in Northern Guangxi, China: Ethnographic Reports from the China-US Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project

In a three-year phase (2017-2019) of the China-US Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project of the American Folklore Society and the China Folklore Society, researchers from six museums have collaborated in a bi-national program of ethnographic research in two counties in northern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. In keeping with the larger project of which it is a part, this museum sub-project has focused on questions of cultural heritage policy and practice. The researchers have paid particular attention to various local textile practices in local Yao and Dong communities, considering these practices in their own terms and in relation to the ways that they are being impacted by such heritage practices as cultural tourism, master artist designations, eco-museum development, and formal training initiatives. In this panel, project participants will report on aspects of the joint work, sometimes emphasizing studies of such textile practices as weaving, embroidery, and basketry, sometimes focusing on heritage phenomena, sometimes discussing the lessons of the joint work. In most instances, presenters will touch on all of these aspects in varying degrees. Reporting on a period of field research recently completed, the presentations will be an early stage in a process that will lead to formal publications drawing on the research project. The presenters welcome feedback on these early reports of work recently concluded. The presenters will share their findings in ways that will be accessible to those without knowledge of Chinese ethnography. Specialists may wish to know that the research team’s work has taken place among the Dong people of Sanjiang County, particularly those living in and around the town of Tongle and among the Baiku Yao people living near Lihu town in Nandan County. These communities are home to the Sanjiang Dong Eco-Museum and the Nandan Baiku Yao Eco-Museum, key institutional partners in the research collaboration.

Sources on the larger collaborations that contextualize this specific project include volumes by J. Zhang and Song (2017) and MacDowell and L. Zhang (2016) and an overview by Lloyd (2017). Relevant works in material culture studies include books by Formoso (2013) and L. Zhang (2010). Studies of cultural heritage topics of relevance to the panel include Chio (2014) and a volume edited by Bumenfield and Silverman (2013).

References Cited

Blumenfield, Tami and Helaine Silverman, eds. 2013. Cultural Heritage Politics in China. New York: Springer.

Chio, Jenny. 2014. A Landscape of Travel: The Work of Tourism in Rural Ethnic China. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Formoso, Bernard. 2013. Costume du Yunnan. Nanterre: Société d’ethnologie.

Lloyd, Tim. 2017. “The Inside Story of the AFS China-US Project.” AFS Review. June 12, 2017. https://www.afsnet.org/news/349609/The-Inside-Story-of-the-AFS-China-US-Project.htm

MacDowell, Marsha, and Lijun Zhang, eds. 2016 中国西南拼布 | Quilts of Southwest China. Nanning: Guangxi Museum of Nationalities.

Zhang, Juwen and Song Junhua, eds. 2017. Metafolklore: Stories of Sino-US Folkloristic Cooperation | 文化对话:中美非物质文化遗产论坛. Guangzhou: Sun Yat-sen University Press.

Lijun Zhang. 2010. China Folk Art Crafts. Beijing: China Agriculture Press.

The schedule of presentation from the conference program follows:

Diamond Session: Material Culture and Heritage Studies in Northern Guangxi, China: Ethnographic Reports from the China-U.S. Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project

Sponsored by the American Folklore Society, the Folklore and Museums Section, and the Transnational Asia/Pacific Section

Sarah Junk Hatcher (Indiana University), chair

8:00 The Fabric of Life: Baiku Yao Textiles in Huaili Village
Carrie Hertz (Museum of International Folk Art)

8:15 Field Research on Dong Textiles in the Tongle Area of Sanjiang County
Miaomiao Fan (Anthropology Museum of Guangxi)

8:30 Mijiu and Mai Wup: Trilingual Fieldwork and an Indigo Dying Method
MicahJ.Ling (Indiana University)

8:45 Imagination and Enlargement: Daily Performance and Life History in Ethnographic Video
Xiaoyan Liang (Anthropology Museum of Guangxi)

9:00 Notes on Basketry among the Dong People of Sanjiang County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
C.KurtDewhurst (Michigan State University Museum)and Jason Baird Jackson (Indiana University)

9:15 Building a Museum Collection of Work Baskets in Northern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Jason Baird Jackson (Indiana University) and Lijun Zhang (George Mason University)

9:30 A Rice Basket: Basketmaking in a Baiku Yao Community (Film Screening)
Jon Kay (Indiana University)

9:45 discussion

Hertz - The Fabric of Life

The title slide from Carrie Hertz’ presentation to the #AFSAM19 panel.

Material Culture Studies among the Baiku Yao of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region at #AFSAM18

I am here using a blog post not to share current news, but to get an older document online and linkable. What follows is the short (public) and long (unseen, for peer-review) abstracts from the panel “Material Culture Studies among the Baiku Yao of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region” presented at the 2018 American Folklore Society Annual Meeting (October 18, 2018, Buffalo New York). My intention is to link to this post from a new (February 2020) page for the “Collaborative Work in Museum Folklore and Heritage Studies” (sub-)project.

Material Culture Studies among the Baiku Yao of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

In this Diamond session, participants will share preliminary results from ongoing field research among the Baiku (White Trouser) Yao people of Nandan County in China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Presentations will explore aspects of local Yao material culture, with a special focus on fabric arts and basketry. The presenters share an interest in the ways that these craft activities are being impacted by such cultural heritage practices as master artisan designations, cultural tourism, and eco-museum-based community documentation projects. The field research is one part of the American Folklore Society and China Folklore Society’s joint Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project.

Material Culture Studies among the Baiku Yao of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

In this Diamond session, participants will share preliminary results from ongoing field research among the Baiku (White Trouser) Yao people of Nandan County in China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Presentations will explore aspects of local Yao material culture, with a special focus on fabric arts and basketry. The neighboring villages of Huatu, Manjiang, and Huaili, where the panelists have pursued joint field research under the auspices of the American Folklore Society and China Folklore Society’s joint Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project, are communities with a high level of engagement with cultural heritage initiatives, the most visible of which is the Nandan Baiku Yao Eco-Museum, with which the researchers have partnered. The presenters share an interest in the ways that craft activities are being impacted by such cultural heritage practices as master artisan designations, cultural tourism, and eco-museum-based community documentation projects.

Kurt Dewhurst will present an overview of the team’s 2017 work in Guangxi and situate it in relationship to the larger projects of which it was a part. Jason Baird Jackson and Lijun Zhang will report on the team’s studies of bamboo basketry among the Yao, tracking baskets from making to marketing to household use. Miaomiao Fan and Marsha MacDowell will discuss Baiku Yao textile arts, characterizing the status of textiles, especially clothing arts, inside and outside the local community. Xiaoyan Liang and Jon Kay will both report on aspects of the video documentary work pursued during the December 2017 fieldwork, offering general reflections arising from the specific experiences of each filmmaker.

While some studies of the Baiku Yao have been published in Chinese ethnological scholarship, English-language studies are rare and focus mainly on Baiku Yao participation in eco-museum development (Nitzky 2012, 2014; Yi 2013). Within the larger literatures on the Yao peoples in the Southeast Asia Massif, Yao textiles have received considerable attention, but those of the Baiku Yao are distinctive and little documented (cf. Pouret 2002). English-language scholarship on basketry among the Yao is nonexistent, a situation that holds largely for the minority nationalities of Southwest China as a whole. These peoples and their diverse and impressive utility baskets are largely left out of surveys of Chinese basketry (Kwan 2010, but see Fei and Chang 1945). Sophisticated treatments of Yao culture, society, history, and circumstances in modern China by Western scholars have not yet taken up the circumstances of the Baiku Yao specifically (ex. Litzinger 2000) and the Baiku Yao situation has similarly not been considered in the context of larger comparative discussions of the region and its peoples (Chio 2014; Scott 2009; Turner, Bonnin, and Michaud 2015). Future work by the binational team aims to bridge Chinese-language and English-language scholarship on the Yao and their neighbors and, as in this panel, to begin introducing English-speaking audiences to the Baiku Yao. The team also aims to further connect its studies among the Baiku Yao to wider Chinese-Language and English-language work on cultural heritage (ex. An and Yang 2015; Hafstein 2012; Noyes 2017; Song 2015; Zhang 2014).

References Cited

An, Deming, and Lihui Yang. “Chinese Folklore Since the Late 1970s: Achievements, Difficulties, and Challenges.” Asian Ethnology 74, no. 2 (2015): 273–90.

Chio, Jenny. A Landscape of Travel: The Work of Tourism in Rural Ethnic China. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014.

Fei, Xiaotong, and Tse-i Chang. Earthbound China: A Study of Rural Economy in Yunnan. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1945.

Hafstein, Valdimar T. “Heritage.” In A Companion to Folklore, edited by Regina F. Bendix and Galit Hasan-Rokem, 500–519. Blackwell Companions to Anthropology. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

關善明 [Simon Kwan]. 中國竹籃 [Chinese Basketry]. Hong Kong: 沐文堂美術出版社 [Muwen Tang Fine Arts Publication], 2010.

Litzinger, Ralph A. Other Chinas: The Yao and the Politics of National Belonging. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000.

Nitzky, William. “Mediating Heritage Preservation and Rural Development: Ecomuseum Development in China.” Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development 41, no. 2–4 (2012): 367–417.

Nitzky, William. “Community Empowerment at the Periphery? Participatory Approaches to Heritage Protection in Guizhou, China.” In Cultural Heritage Politics in China, edited by Tami Blumenfield and Helaine Silverman, 205–32. New York: Springer, 2013.

Nitzky, William David. “Entanglements of ‘Living Heritage’: Ecomuseum Development in Rural China.” Dissertation, Arizona State University, 2014. http://hdl.handle.net/2286/R.I.25920.

Noyes, Dorothy. Humble Theory: Folklore’s Grasp on Social Life. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017.

Pourret, Jess G. The Yao: The Mien and Mun Yao in China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. London: Thames & Hudson, 2002.

Scott, James C. The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.

Song, Junhua. “An Analysis of the Current Situation and Problems of the Digital Protection of Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage.” Cultural Heritage, 6 (2015):10-23.

Turner, Sarah, Christine Bonnin, and Jean Michaud. Frontier Livelihoods: Hmong in the Sino-Vietnamese Borderlands. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2017.

Yi, Sabrina Hong. “Examining the Suojia Ecomuseum and the Nandan Ecomuseum in China.” In ACAC 2013 : Proceedings of the Asian Conference on Arts and Cultures, 168–77. Bangkok, Thailand: Srinakharinwirot University, 2013. http://dro.deakin.edu.au/view/DU:30055238.

Zhang, Lijun. “Living with/in Heritage: Tulou as Home, Heritage, and Destination.” Dissertation, Indiana University, 2014.

The schedule of presentation from the conference program follows:

Material Culture Studies among the Baiku Yao of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Sponsored by the American Folklore Society, the Folklore and Museums Section, and the Henry Luce Foundation

Carrie Hertz (Museum of International Folk Art), chair

8:00 Collaborative International Museum Fieldwork: Joint Documentation and Learning
C. Kurt Dewhurst (Michigan State University Museum)

8:15 From Maker to Marketplace: Aspects of Basketry Among the Baiku Yao
Jason Baird Jackson (Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University)

8:30 Continuity and Transformation: Basketry, Personal History, and Community Life
Lijun Zhang (Anthropological Museum of Guangxi)

8:45 A Probe into the Art and Inheritance of White Trouser Yao Textiles
Miaomiao Fan (Anthropology Museum of Guangxi)

9:00 Baiku Yao Textiles in the Marketplace: A Quest to Understand Traditions and Adaptations
Marsha MacDowell (Michigan State University Museum)

9:15 Ethnographic Documentary and “Return Visit” Methods in Guangxi
Xiaoyan Liang (Anthropology Museum of Guangxi)

9:30 Craft and Videography: An Ethnographic Approach and Collaborative Method
Jon Kay (Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University)

9:45 discussion

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A portion of Manjiang village, a Baiku Yao community, viewed from above. December 14, 2017. Photograph by Jason Baird Jackson.

The Free-to-Readers Version of Wedding Clothes and the Osage Community: A Giving Heritage

Many readers of this blog already know about the fifth title in Indiana University Press‘ Material Vernaculars book series–Wedding Clothes and the Osage Community: A Giving Heritage by Daniel C. Swan and Jim Cooley. It was released last fall and it is a beautiful, engaging, monumental work. The scholarship is great and the press produced the printed volume lavishly and with great care. The book is richly illustrated with wonderful community photographs and images of extraordinary objects of Osage artistry and craftspersonship. The book itself is a remarkable object. For all of these reasons, I hope that you will purchase a copy and thereby also support the work of Indiana University Press

But… fans of the Material Vernaculars series also know that making series titles free to readers who would otherwise lack access to them is also a key goal of the series. In this connection, I am very happy to note that the free-to-readers edition is now accessible from the IUScholarWorks Repository. To find it, use the following link:

https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/handle/2022/22292

Warm thanks to the Indiana University Press and to the Indiana University Libraries for helping make this title, and the other MV series titles*, much more accessible to interested readers, particularly to readers in the communities about which series authors are writing. In this connection, thanks also go to series authors for forsaking any author royalties so that all proceeds from book sales can go to supporting the free-to-readers editions.

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*Material Vernaculars

Forthcoming

The Michiana Potters: Art, Community, and Collaboration in the Midwest by Meredith A. E. McGriff (fall 2020)

Published

Wedding Clothes and the Osage Community: A Giving Heritage by Daniel C. Swan and Jim Cooley (2019)
The Expressive Lives of Elders: Folklore, Art, and Aging
 edited by Jon Kay (2018)
Framing Sukkot: Tradition and Transformation in Jewish Vernacular Architecture by Gabrielle Anna Berlinger (2017)
Material Vernaculars: Objects, Images, and Their Social Worlds edited by Jason Baird Jackson (2016)
Folk Art and Aging: Life-Story Objects and Their Makers by Jon Kay (2016)

Some Media Sources for the History of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures (1)

August 11, 1963
[Indiana University News Bureau Press Release Launching the Indiana University Museum of History, Anthropology, and Folklore]
[PDF: IU Museum of History Anthropology and Folklore Original Press Release]

Summer 1982
Lighting for Storage of Museum Collections: Developing a System for Safekeeping of Light-Sensitive Materials
https://www.bcin.ca/bcin/detail.app?id=1881

December 1989
Museum Studies in Collection Management
https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/museumprogram/25/

October 1998
Mathers Museum Showcases Worldwide Music Connections
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/f9f5/2911bff1a2a31145051457d1fbe54f781e55.pdf

August 27, 2002
IU Group Helps Establish World’s First Underwater Shipwreck Museum in Dominican Republic
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/527.html

September 3, 2002
IU Exhibit to Highlight Latino Experience in Bloomington
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/533.html

April 22, 2004
IU helps Dominican Republic Sink Shipwreck Museum
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/1424.html

September 20, 2004
New Laboratory Brings Shipwreck Relics to Indiana University
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/1656.html

November 4, 2005
Museum Studies Journal to be Housed in IU’s Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/2587.html

March 20, 2006
Celebration of Diverse Asian Cultures, History and Peoples at IU Begins March 24
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/3088.html

July 27, 2006
IU Archaeologists Hot on the Trail of Columbus’ Sunken Ships
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/3790.html

August 24, 2006
Hands ‘on’ the Art: IU Art Museum Offers New ‘touch art’ Program for People with Low Vision
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/3932.html

November 28, 2006
American Indian Groups and Mathers Museum at IU Celebrate Native Americans’ Heritage
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/4452.html

December 12, 2007
Indiana University Discovers 1699 Captain Kidd Shipwreck
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news-archive/6997.html

January 24, 2007
Actor Gary Farmer to Kick Off Second Native Film Series at IU Bloomington
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/4728.html

January 18, 2008
‘Bridgwaters Family Photographs’ Opens at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center on Feb. 1
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/7271.html

February 6, 2008
IU Lecture: Captain Kidd, Columbus, Taino and the Golden Age of Piracy
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/7451.html

February 21, 2008
IU Bloomington Libraries Publish their First Electronic Journal, Showcasing Faculty Partnerships
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news-archive/7590.html

April 30, 2008
Faculty Member’s Work on Governance Commission Highlights IU-Liberia Connections
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/8118.html

September 2, 2008
IU’s Festival Latino Brings in a Grammy-nominated Group to Celebrate 10th Anniversary
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/8730.html

November 17, 2008
‘Maps Of Time’ Author to Deliver Wilkie Lecture
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/9281.html

November 17, 2008
Captain Kidd’s Treasure: Wood Discovered, “Living Museum” in the Works
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/9265.html

February 9, 2009
One-Man Shows in the Spotlight During IU’s ArtsWeek 2009
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/9859.html

April 14, 2009
Indiana University Museums Receive National Honor
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/10568.html

August 11, 2009
IU’s Mathers Museum Honored with Prestigious Grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/11576.html

August 18, 2009
IU Discovers Stone Tools, Rare Animal Bones — Clues to Caribbean’s Earliest Inhabitants
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/11644.html

September 29, 2009
‘Shadow of Cortes’ Exhibit Traces Route of Conquistador and How he is Remembered
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news-archive/12033.html

2009
Exhibition Review: To Have and To Hold
https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/mar/article/view/126

August 26, 2010
Cultures Unite in ‘Indiana in Afghanistan; Afghanistan in Indiana’ Exhibit at IU’s Wells Library
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/15285.html

October 1, 2010
Year-long Celebration of IU and Bloomington Museums begins Friday
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/15733.html

October 10, 2011
American Folklore Society’s National Meeting Begins Wednesday at IU Bloomington
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/19868.html

October 19, 2010
‘From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web’ Opens with Lecture, Museum Exhibit
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/16061.html

December 3, 2010
Anthropology Students, with Extreme Cuisine, Connect Heritage with Food at Public Display
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/16644.html

May 2, 2011
Capt. Kidd Shipwreck Site to be Dedicated ‘Living Museum of the Sea’ by Indiana University
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/18401.html

August 9, 2011
Mathers Museum, Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology Merger Yields Cultural History Powerhouse
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/web/page/normal/19258.html

August 12, 2011
Bloomington Herald-Times: IU’s Black Laboratory and Mathers Museum to Merge
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/19270.html

October 25, 2011
Pow Wow on Nov. 5 to Kick Off IU’s Observance of National American Indian Heritage Month
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/20070.html

September 4, 2012
Exhibit, Book Capture Nation’s Vivid Past through IU Alum’s Early Color Photographs
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/23035.html

September 27, 2012
Conference will Highlight French, Native American and African Interaction in Colonial Midwest
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/23192.html

January 29, 2013
IU’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures names Folklore Professor as New Director
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news-archive/23745.html

February 5, 2013
IU’s Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology Appoints New Director
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/23768.html

March 12, 2013
Mathers Faculty Curator Reinvigorates Museum Research with Senegalese ‘Wish Books’
https://viewpoints.iu.edu/art-at-iu/2013/03/12/mathers-faculty-curator-reinvigorates-museum-research-with-senegalese-wish-books/index.html

Apr. 11, 2013
Curating the Ostrom Collection: IU Students Practice Hands-on Curatorship at Mathers
http://inside.iub.edu/features/stories/2013-04-11-iniub-story-mathers-curatorship-ostrom-collection.shtml
[PDF: Inside IU 2013-4-11 (Ostrom) copy]

April 4, 2013
Mathers Museum Celebrates 50th Anniversary with ‘Treasures’ Exhibition, Programs
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/24048.html

May 6, 2013
Art, Theater, Film Highlight IU’s Annual Summer Festival of the Arts
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/24232.html

June 4, 2013
Mathers Museum to Host Limestone Exhibit Created by Traditional Arts Indiana
https://viewpoints.iu.edu/art-at-iu/2013/06/04/mathers-museum-to-host-limestone-exhibit-created-by-traditional-arts-indiana/index.html

Summer 2013
[Various Stories] Process [Anthropology Department Newsletter]
https://anthropology.indiana.edu/documents/newsletters/Newsletter_summer13.pdf

June 25, 2013
Mathers Exhibit Highlights Native Americans’ Military Contributions
https://viewpoints.iu.edu/art-at-iu/2013/06/25/mathers-exhibit-highlights-native-americans-military-contributions/index.html

August 21, 2013
IU Professor Curates Apartheid-era Photo Exhibition for Display in Bloomington and South Africa
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/24509.html

August 28, 2013
Wells Library IQ-Wall Moves to Mathers Museum
https://itnews.iu.edu/articles/2013/wells-library-iq-wall-moves-to-mathers-museum.php

September 3, 2013
20th Lotus World Music and Arts Festival Will Begin with Concert at IU Bloomington
https://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/24551.html

September 7th, 2013
Once a Hoosier, Always a Hoosier, in Ghana
https://iu.edu/~iunews/blogs/iuglobal/africa/2013/09/07/once-a-hoosier-always-a-hoosier-in-ghana/index.html

September 10, 2013
Exhibit at Mathers Draws President of Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance to Campus
https://viewpoints.iu.edu/art-at-iu/2013/09/10/exhibit-at-mathers-draws-president-of-polands-institute-of-national-remembrance-to-campus/index.html

October 18, 2013
IU Professor is Expert on Little-Known Native American Tribe

https://viewpoints.iu.edu/art-at-iu/2013/10/18/iu-professor-is-expert-on-little-known-native-american-tribe/index.html

November 12, 2013
Pottery Exhibit at Mathers Features Life-Size Replica of Wood-Fired Kiln
https://viewpoints.iu.edu/art-at-iu/2013/11/12/pottery-exhibit-at-mathers-features-life-size-replica-of-wood-fired-kiln/index.html

November 19, 2013
IU’s Mathers Museum One of Three U.S. Institutions to Collaborate with Chinese Museums
https://news.iu.edu/releases/iu/2013/11/mathers-museum-collaboration.html
https://archive.news.indiana.edu/releases/iu/2013/11/mathers-museum-collaboration.shtml

2013
Treasures of the Mathers Museum
http://hdl.handle.net/2022/15561

February 11, 2014
Interchange – Curating Culture: Museums and Meaning
https://wfhb.org/news/interchange-curating-culture-museums-and-meaning/

March 31, 2014
Brilliant Minds at IU Bloomington: The Mathers Museum of World Cultures
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eBYKPaIezw

April 2, 2014
Mathers Brings Research Work to Life
https://viewpoints.iu.edu/art-at-iu/

April 14, 2014
Ojibwe Art Collected by Ostroms on Display Now at Mathers Museum
https://viewpoints.iu.edu/art-at-iu/2014/04/14/ojibwe-art-collected-by-ostroms-on-display-now-at-mathers-museum/index.html

May 16, 2014
Musicians to Honor Southern Indiana Artist Lotus Dickey at Mathers Museum
https://viewpoints.iu.edu/art-at-iu/2014/05/16/musicians-to-honor-southern-indiana-artist-lotus-dickey-at-mathers-museum/index.html

June 16, 2014
Mathers Museum Exhibit “Assessing Authenticity” Exploring Identification and Authentication in Museums
https://viewpoints.iu.edu/art-at-iu/2014/06/16/mathers-museum-exhibit-assessing-authenticity-exploring-identification-and-authentication-in-museums/index.html

July 21, 2014
Mathers Museum Makeover Creates Flexible Exhibition Space, Hands-on Learning Area
https://viewpoints.iu.edu/art-at-iu/2014/07/21/mathers-museum-makeover-creates-flexible-exhibition-space-hands-on-learning-area/index.html

December 9, 2014
Traditional Arts Indiana to Create Traveling Show with National Endowment for the Arts Grant
https://viewpoints.iu.edu/art-at-iu/2014/12/09/traditional-arts-indiana-to-create-traveling-show-with-national-endowment-for-the-arts-grant/index.html

February 16, 2015
‘Graces Received’ Curator to Speak Tuesday about How to Read Meanings in Catholic Folk Art
https://viewpoints.iu.edu/art-at-iu/2015/02/16/graces-received-curator-to-speak-tuesday-about-how-to-read-meanings-in-catholic-folk-art/index.html

April 27, 2015
Mathers Museum to Host New Summer Institute on ‘Museums at the Crossroads’
https://news.iu.edu/releases/iu/2015/04/mathers-museum-crossroads-institute.html
https://www.museumanthropologyblog.com/homepage/2015/04/mathers-museum-to-host-new-summer.html

March 12, 2015
Traditional Arts Indiana Thriving in New Home at IU’s Mathers Museum
https://news.iu.edu/releases/iu/2015/03/traditional-arts-indiana-mathers.html
https://archive.news.indiana.edu/releases/iu/2015/03/traditional-arts-indiana-mathers.shtml

May 5, 2015
William Siegmann’s Cultural Legacy Shown in Exhibitions at IU Art Museum, Mathers Museum

https://viewpoints.iu.edu/art-at-iu/2015/05/05/william-siegmanns-cultural-legacy-shown-in-exhibitions-at-iu-art-museum-mathers-museum/index.html

Summer 2015
Interconnections: Folklore Studies and Anthropology at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures
https://doi.org/10.17730/0888-4552-37.3.20

2015
Collaborative, Consultative, and Research-Based Public Folklore Programming in Museum Contexts: A Professional Development Project to Strengthen the Work of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Traditional Arts Indiana, and the Michigan State University Museum
http://hdl.handle.net/2022/21491

January 15, 2016
Mathers Museum to Host Smithsonian Exhibition on History of Indian Americans
https://news.iu.edu/releases/iu/2016/01/smithsonian-beyond-bollywood-at-mathers.html
https://www.pressreleasepoint.com/mathers-museum-host-smithsonian-exhibition-history-indian-americans

April 11, 2016
Among Old Photos At Mathers Museum, A Researcher Finds His Ancestor
http://www.magbloom.com/2016/04/mathers-museum-a-researcher-finds-his-ancestor/

July 8, 2016
Public Discussion to Share Spirit of Mardi Gras in Conjunction with ‘Arts of Survival’ Institute
https://viewpoints.iu.edu/art-at-iu/2016/07/08/public-discussion-to-share-spirit-of-mardi-gras-in-conjunction-with-arts-of-survival-institute/index.html

August 31, 2016
New First Thursdays Festival Puts the Focus on IU’s Arts and Humanities, Food and Fun
https://viewpoints.iu.edu/art-at-iu/2016/08/31/new-first-thursdays-festival-puts-the-focus-on-ius-arts-and-humanities-food-and-fun/index.html

December 7th, 2016
Celebrating Elinor Ostrom and IU’s Continuing Engagement with China
https://iu.edu/~iunews/blogs/iuglobal/korea-china-2016/2016/12/07/celebrating-elinor-ostrom-and-ius-continuing-engagement-with-china/index.html

December 8th, 2016
Continuing IU’s China Connection and Meeting the Global Needs of IU Students
https://iu.edu/~iunews/blogs/iuglobal/korea-china-2016/2016/12/08/continuing-ius-china-connection-and-meeting-the-global-needs-of-iu-students/index.html

2016
Traditional Arts Indiana at Indiana University’s Mathers Museum
http://hdl.handle.net/2022/20993

January 11, 2017
‘Quilts of Southwest China’ Showcases Tradition, Community, Identity at Mathers Museum
https://viewpoints.iu.edu/art-at-iu/2017/01/11/quilts-of-southwest-china-showcases-tradition-community-identity-at-mathers-museum/index.html

February 14, 2017
IU Bloomington’s Mathers Museum to Temporarily Close during Summer for Renovations
https://news.iu.edu/releases/iu/2017/02/mathers-museum-closure.html
[PDF: 2017-02-14 MMWC Closure Release]

January 24, 2017
Interchange – Sharing Patchwork: The Quilts of Southwest China
https://wfhb.org/news/interchange-sharing-patchwork-the-quilts-of-southwest-china/

February 27, 2017
China Remixed: IU Presents a 10-Week Culture Festival
http://www.magbloom.com/2017/02/china-remixed-%e2%80%a8iu-presents-a-10-week-culture-festival/

April 26, 2017
Staff and Faculty: Enter to Win a Copy of ‘Quilts of Southwest China’ Book, See Exhibit
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2017/04/iub/inside/26-mathers-event.html

June 23, 2017
IU Students Learn Many Skills During Mathers Museum Internship
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2017/06/iub/inside/23-clowes-interns.html

August 22, 2017
Mathers Museum Reopening after Summer Construction
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2017/08/iub/inside/22-news-roundup.html

October 11, 2017
The Day of the Dead Community Altar Welcomes Artifacts at Mathers Museum
http://www.magbloom.com/2017/10/the-day-of-the-dead-community-altar-%e2%80%a8welcomes-artifacts-at-mathers-museum-gallery/

November 3, 2017
Traditional Arts Indiana at IU Offers New Statewide Folk Art Apprenticeship Program
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2017/11/iub/inside/03-traditional-arts-indiana.html

November 3, 2017
Mathers Museum of World Cultures Exhibit Offers ‘A Different Look at Syria’
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2017/11/iub/03-art-mathers-museum-syrian-exhibit.html

November 28, 2017
New Position to Support Growth of Arts and Humanities at IU Bloomington
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2017/11/iub/releases/28-helene-oleary.html

January 17, 2018
Contributions from the China-US Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project
https://doi.org/10.14434/mar.v12i1.24353

February 20, 2018
Jason Jackson: Director, Mathers Museum
http://www.magbloom.com/2018/02/jason-jackson-director-mathers-museum/

March 20, 2018
Mathers Museum of World Cultures Exhibit Centers on Aging, Imagination
https://www.idsnews.com/article/2018/03/entcreativeaging

March 30, 2018
Indiana University Mathers Museum Sisters of the Cloth Quilt Exhibit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TQbteGpS7E

April 2, 2018
Mathers Museum Offers More than Just an Exhibit to IU Freshman Laysha Hawkins
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2018/04/iub/inside/02-mathers-museum-offers-more-than-exhibit.html

July 11, 2018
Mathers Exhibit Shares Memories through Historic Photos
https://www.idsnews.com/article/2018/07/entmathers070918

Aug 29, 2018
Dying in Style: Mathers Museum to Give Talk about Fantasy Coffins
https://www.idsnews.com/article/2018/08/dying-in-style-mathers-museum-to-give-talk-about-fantasy-coffins

August 30, 2018
Fantasy Coffins Take Forms of Uterus, Basketball, Octopus
https://www.idsnews.com/article/2018/08/fantasy-coffins-take-forms-of-uterus-basketball-octopus

September 6, 2018
Fantasy Coffin Designer Paa Joe Bringing his Brand of Underground art to IUPUI, IU Bloomington
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2018/09/iu/releases/06-fantasy-coffin-paa-joe.html

October 1, 2018
Traditional Arts Indiana at IU Launches New Award for Folk and Traditional Artists
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2018/10/iub/releases/01-traditional-arts-indiana-launches-award-folk-traditional-artists.html

October 5, 2018
Mathers Museum Exhibit Showcases ‘Fantasy Coffins’ From Ghana
https://indianapublicmedia.org/news/mathers-museum-exhibit-showcases-fantasy-coffins-from-ghana.php

October 11, 2018
Mexico Remixed will be IU Bloomington’s third annual Global Arts and Humanities Festival
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2018/10/iub/releases/11-mexico-remixed-global-arts-humanities-festival.html

November 5, 2018
Day of the Dead Celebration Kicks Off Mexico Remixed
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2018/11/iub/inside/05-day-of-the-dead-mexico-remixed.html

December 12, 2018
IU Names Bicentennial Professors, Sets Goal of Faculty Presentations in All 92 Indiana Counties
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2018/12/iu/inside/12-bicentennial-professors-named-faculty-presentations-in-92-counties.html

Jan. 30, 2019
IU Center for Rural Engagement Launches New Rural Arts Series Offerings in Three Communities
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2019/01/iub/releases/30-center-for-rural-engagement-launches-rural-arts-series.html

March 29, 2019
Histories and Realignments: Museum Anthropology Review in a New Era
https://doi.org/10.14434/mar.v13i1.26802

March 29, 2019
Traditional Arts Indiana’s Bicentennial Exhibition
https://doi.org/10.14434/mar.v13i1.24990

March 29, 2019
Exhibiting Moments: Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures
https://doi.org/10.14434/mar.v13i1.26472

March 29, 2019
Shapes of the Ancestors: Bodies, Animals, Art, and Ghanaian Fantasy Coffins
https://doi.org/10.14434/mar.v13i1.26580

March 29, 2019
The American Folklore Society-China Folklore Society Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project, 2013-2016
https://doi.org/10.14434/mar.v13i1.25405

May 9, 2019
Vodou Drums Symbolize Clash Between Climate Change and the Sacred in Haiti |
Mathers Museum of World Cultures Exhibition at IU Explores the Intersection of Humanity, the Divine and the Environment
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2019/05/iub/09-vodou-drums-embody-clash-between-climate-change-and-the-sacred.html

June 11, 2019
Fossils, Flies and Fashion: Meet the Director Who Works with All University Collections
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2019/06/iu/inside/11-fossils-flies-fashion-meet-the-leader-who-oversees-collections.html

Aug. 12, 2019
Traditional Arts Indiana to Honor 2019 State Fair Masters
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2019/08/iub/12-rodnie-bryant-ellsworth-christmas-state-fair-traditional-arts-indiana.html

September 5, 2019
Themester 2019 Explores ‘Remembering and Forgetting’
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2019/09/iub/releases/05-themester-explores-remembering-forgetting.html

September 10, 2019
At Home and Abroad: Reflections on Collaborative Museum Ethnography at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures
https://doi.org/10.1111/muan.12210

September 24, 2019
McRobbie: State of Indiana University is Strong, Innovative as it Prepares for Third Century
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2019/09/iu/releases/24-president-mcrobbie-state-of-the-university-bicentennial-year.html

September 24, 2019
The State of Indiana University at the Bicentennial
https://president.iu.edu/speeches/state-of-university/2019.html

September 25, 2019
IU President Announces New Museum During State of the University Address
https://indianapublicmedia.org/news/iu-president-announces-new-museum-during-state-of-the-university-address.php

October 11, 2019
Reclaiming a Culture: How IU is Helping an Indigenous Community Restore its Endangered Language
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2019/10/iub/inside/11-reclaiming-culture-helping-indigenous-people-restore-endangered-language.html

October 16, 2019
Mathers Museum of World Cultures celebrates Day of the Dead
https://www.idsnews.com/article/2019/10/mathers-museum-of-world-cultures-celebrates-day-of-the-dead

Oct. 22, 2019
From the Desk: Creating the IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
https://news.iu.edu/stories/2019/10/iub/inside/22-from-the-desk-creating-the-museum-of-archaeology-and-anthropology.html

December 4, 2019
Sacred Drums and Sustainability: A Curator’s Talk at the Mathers Museum
https://www.idsnews.com/article/2019/12/sacred-drums-and-sustainability-a-curators-talk-at-the-mathers-museum

December 8, 2019
15th Annual Parranda Eelebrates End of Fall Semester
https://www.idsnews.com/article/2019/12/15th-annual-parranda-celebrates-end-of-fall-semester

December 9, 2019
200-Year History of Bloomington Focus of Mathers Museum Exhibit
http://www.magbloom.com/2019/12/200-year-history-of-bloomington-focus-of-mathers-museum-exhibit/

December 23, 2019
Advanced Visualization Lab Re-purposes Technology Across IU Campuses https://itnews.iu.edu/articles/2019/Advanced%20Visualization%20Lab%20repurposes%20technology%20across%20IU%20campuses.php

Undated
Images of Native Americans exhibited at Mathers Museum

https://newsinfo.iu.edu/web/page/normal/5684.html

Undated
Mead Traveling Film and Video Festival Comes to Bloomington

https://newsinfo.iu.edu/web/page/normal/4860.html

This listing is very incomplete, even relative to materials available online in December 2019.
Does not included works of scholarship drawing upon MMWC resources.
Does not include event and exhibition notices.

Web Resources for Museum Job Seekers, Revisited

This semester I am teaching the undergraduate course Museums and Material Culture (FOLK-F440). The course combined an introduction to material culture studies with collections research projects at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. It is an intensive writing course and later today the students will turn in the drafts of the major individual research papers. Tomorrow’s class meeting is slated to be a discussion of careers in this sector.

In the spring, I am teaching Curatorship. I have taught this graduate course many times previously. Before each run of the course, I update my older (2012!!!) post on “Web Resources for Museum Job Seekers.” As a resource for the undergraduate course, I have done the update about a month early.

All the of the links have been rechecked and are working. As in 2018, I note that general services such as Indeed and LinkedIn play a growing role in connecting people to positions. But the specialized sites, often with positions circulated on social media, remain important. Find the newest version of the list at the old post, here:

https://jasonbairdjackson.com/2012/12/04/web-resources-for-museum-job-seekers/

Application Time: Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA)

It is time again for graduate students to consider applying to participate in the Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA). Here are this year’s details, courtesy of the SIMA program leadership. (Quoting now.)

“The Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA) is a graduate student summer training program in museum research methods offered through the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History with major funding from the Cultural Anthropology Program of the National Science Foundation.

During four weeks of intensive training in seminars and hands-on workshops in the research collections, students are introduced to the scope of collections and their potential as data. Students become acquainted with strategies for navigating museum systems, learn to select methods to examine and analyze museum specimens, and consider a range of theoretical issues that collections-based research may address. In consultation with faculty, each student carries out preliminary data collection on a topic of their own choice and develops a prospectus for research to be implemented upon return to their home university. Instruction will be provided by Dr. Joshua A. Bell, Dr. Candace Greene and other Smithsonian scholars, plus a series of visiting faculty.

Who should apply?

Graduate students preparing for research careers in cultural anthropology who are interested in using museum collections as a data source. The program is not designed to serve students seeking careers in museum management. Students at both the masters and doctoral level will be considered for acceptance. Students in related interdisciplinary programs (Indigenous Studies, Folklore, etc.) are welcome to apply if the proposed project is anthropological in nature. All U.S. students are eligible for acceptance, even if studying abroad. International students can be considered only if they are enrolled in a university in the U.S. Members of Canadian First Nations are eligible under treaty agreements.

Costs: The program covers students’ tuition and shared housing in local furnished apartments. A stipend will be provided to assist with the cost of food and other local expenses. Participants are individually responsible for the cost of travel to and from Washington, DC.

SIMA dates for 2020: June 15 – July 10
Application deadline – March 1, 2020

For more information and to apply, please visit:https://naturalhistory.si.edu/research/anthropology/programs/summer-institute-museum-anthropology

SIMA

#AFSAM19: Material Culture and Heritage Studies in Northern Guangxi, China

Notes on Basketry among the Dong People of Sanjiang County E

A title slide showing key project sites in the Dong areas of Guangxi and Guizhou.

Shreds and Patches has been quieter than usual as I work my way through a really complicated semester. In the midst of the jumble of unforeseen circumstances, there are some good things actually happening according to plan. One of these was the most recent in a series of panels at the American Folklore Society Annual Meetings reporting on the work of the museum partners in the China-U.S. Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project. Earlier this month, at the start of the 2019 meeting in Baltimore, members of our group, presented a panel on “Material Culture and Heritage Studies in Northern Guangxi, China: Ethnographic Reports from the China-U.S. Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project.” This is the panel abstract:

In a three-year phase of the China-U.S. Folklore and Intangible Cultural Heritage Project, researchers from six museums have collaborated in a bi-national program of ethnographic research in China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. In this panel, project participants will report on the research, sometimes emphasizing textile practices such as embroidery and basketry, sometimes focusing on heritage issues, sometimes discussing the lessons of the collaboration. The presenters will share their findings in accessible ways but China specialists may wish to know that research has taken place among the Dong people of Sanjiang County and the Baiku Yao people living in Nandan County.

Carrie HERTZ (Museum of International Folk Art) presented on “The Fabric of Life: Baiku Yao Textiles in Huaili Village.”

Hertz - The Fabric of Life

A title slide related to the textile arts of the Baiku Yao people of Nandan County, Guangxi.

FAN Miaomiao (Anthropology Museum of Guangxi) presented in absentia on “Field Research on Dong Textiles in the Tongle Area of Sanjiang County.”

Micah J. LING (Indiana University) shared her paper “Mijiu and Mai Wup: Trilingual Fieldwork and an Indigo Dying Method.”

LIANG Ziaoyan (Anthropology Museum of Guangxi), also presenting in absentia, shared her paper “Imagination and Enlargement: Daily Performance and Life History in Ethnographic Video.” Her paper focused on her experiences in our work in Sanjiang County.

C. Kurt Dewhurst (Michigan State University Museum) presented a paper that he and I, with help from ZHANG Lijun (George Mason University), worked on together titled: “Notes on Basketry among the Dong People of Sanjiang County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.”

I (Jason Baird Jackson, Indiana University) presented a paper for which Lijun was co-author. It was about “Building a Museum Collection of Work Baskets in Northern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.” The paper focused on the collection of baskets assembled for the collections of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

AFS2019 Jackson and Zhang C (Slides)

A slide evoking in basketry collected for the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

The session concluded with a presentation of a film by Jon Kay (Indiana University) titled “A Rice Basket: Basketmaking in a Baiku Yao Community” It is now viewable online on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/QrD_-lrB9UY

This session, and one that preceded it in 2018, will be a springboard for more sustained writing by many project participants. We have learned much during our collaborative work in Guangxi. I thank many the local people in Nandan and Sanjiang Counties who have taught us and our hosts and partners at the Sanjiang Dong Ecomuseum, the Nandan Baiku Yao Ecomuseum, and the Anthropology Museum of Guangxi. Special thanks also go to The Henry Luce Foundation, the China Folklore Society, and the American Folklore Society for their support of the broader projects of which ours museum and material culture efforts are just a part.

 

 

 

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