PhD. in the History of Art, School of Oriental and African Studies,
University of London
M..A. in Art History, University of Toronto
Graduate work in Art History, University of California at Berkeley
B.A., magna cum laude, Harvard University
Canada Research Chair in Modern Culture and Professor of Art
History, Carleton University
Director, Museum of Anthropology and Professor, Art History and
Anthropology, University of British Columbia
Professor, School for Studies in Art and Culture: Carleton
Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Carleton University
Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Carleton University
Sessional Lecturer, Department of Art History, Carleton University
Research Fellow, Institute of Canadian Studies, Carleton University
CURATORIAL AND CONSULTING WORK
2001-2 Consultant, National Gallery of
Canada, incorporation of First Nations art in Canadian Galleries
1995- 2002 Member of Curatorial Team and publication co-editor for
Across Borders: Beadwork in Iroquois Life, McCord Museum of Canadian
1989-95 Consultant for Anishnabeg: People of this Place, permanent
installations for Public Museum of Grand Rapids, Michigan
1989 Guest Curator, The Female Spirit: Mende Masks of Sierra Leone,
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
1987-88 Member of Indian Art Selection Committee, In the Shadow of
the Sun: Contemporary Indian and Inuit Art of Canada, University of
Wurtzburg (Germany) and the Canadian Museum of Civilization
1983-88 Curator for the Northern Woodlands section, The Spirit
Sings: Artistic Traditions of Canada's First Peoples, Glenbow
1983-84 Associate Curator for Contemporary Indian Art, The McMichael
Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario
1983-84 Guest Curator, Patterns of Power: Early Great Lakes Indian
Art and the Jasper Grant Collection, for The McMichael Canadian
1983-84 Co-supervisor (with staff of the Museum of Man, Ottawa) of
The Oral Tradition: Contemporary Inuit and Indian Art of Canada from
the Collection of the Museum of Man, an exhibition curated by
students in the Department of Art History, Carleton University
1983 Guest Curator, Indian Art, Contemporary Indian and Inuit Art of
Canada, organized by the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs
for the United Nations Art Gallery, New York
1981 Exhibition Coordinator, Carleton University showing of American
Indian Art in the 1980s, organized by the Native American Centre for
the Living Arts, Niagara Falls, New York
2003 $300,000 (approximate number) granted
by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Innovation
Fund, and Carleton University for the construction of a Visual
Studies Laboratory and Archive (completion date, June 2004) for the
development of the Archive of Indigenous Great Lakes Visual Culture
and the Virtual Archive of Canadian Museum Exhibits of Indigenous
Art and Culture.
2002 Principal Investigator, A Partnership of Peoples: A New
Facility for Collaborative Research at the UBC Museum of
Anthropology, Canada Foundation for Innovation, $17.2 million
(federal contribution to a $43 million dollar project, the first
major CFI grant made to a project in the social sciences and
humanities and the largest grant made to UBC in the third CFI
competition. UBC has committed 20% of the funding and matching funds
of $17.2 million are expected from the British Columbia Knowledge
These grants will fund the development of two new capacities in real
and virtual space that will support collaborative research between
museum and academic researchers and First Nations community
researchers in four areas: material and visual culture, language and
oral tradition, museology and repatriation, and the application of
new technologies to museum-based research. The real space facility
will consist of radically redesigned and expanded laboratories,
storages, and research rooms at the Museum of Anthropology equipped
for multidisciplinary research. The virtual space facility will be
an electronic Reciprocal Research Network, developed together with
three First Nations partners. The network will link collections data
and digitized images of objects from fifteen major museum
collections in North America and Europe and will be delivered both
into the partner museums and First Nations Communities.
2002 Hampton Fund Research Grant, "Great Lakes Visual
Traditions: Transmission and Translation," ($7,000)
2000 HSS Small Research Grant, UBC, "Tourist Art Production on
the Northwest Coast, ($1500)
1994-97 S.S.H.R.C. Research Grant,. (with Dr. Trudy Nicks):
"Imaging the Other: Tourism, Art and Commodity among Aboriginal
Peoples of the Northeast" ($49,000)
1991-92 Senior Research Grant, The J. Paul Getty Trust (with Dr.
Trudy Nicks) for "Representation and Otherness in Eastern
Woodlands Tourist Art"
1991-94 S.S.H.R.C. Research Grant (with Dr. Trudy Nicks):
"Representation and Otherness in Eastern Woodlands Tourist
1989-90 Research Grant, S.S.H.R.C., to document and examine museum
collections of Woodlands tourist art in Europe and North America
1987-88 GR-6 Research Grant, "Art of the Huron Indians
1700-1900," Carleton University ($2500)
HONOURS AND FELLOWSHIP
Jan-Jun 2003 Fellow, Clark Art Institute,
Fall 2002 Senior Research Associate, King's College, Cambridge
2001 Participant, Governor General's tour of Germany
May 2001 British Academy Fellowship
1996-97 Fellow, Canadian Centre for the Visual Arts, National
Gallery of Canada
1993-94 Marston LaFrance Fellowship, Carleton University
1991-92 Davidson Dunton Research Lecturer, Carleton University
1992 Throne-Aldrich Award, The State Historical Society of Iowa
1988-89 Arts Faculty Teaching Award, Carleton University
1989 Canadian Museums Association Award for Outstanding Exhibition
Research for The Spirit Sings (with the other members of the
1980-82 Post-doctoral fellowship, The Canada Council
1970-74 Doctoral Fellowship, The Canada Council
1967-68 Woodrow Wilson Graduate Fellowship
1999 ed, with
Christopher B. Steiner, Unpacking Culture: Arts and Commodities in
Colonial and Postcolonial Worlds, Berkeley: University of California
1998 Trading Identities: The Souvenir in Native North American Art
from the Northeast, 1700-1900, Seattle: University of Washington
1998 with Janet Catherine Berlo, Native North American Art, Oxford
1995 Representing Woman: Sande Society Masks of the Mende of Sierra
Leone, Los Angeles: Fowler Museum of Cultural History, U.C.L.A.
Books in Progress
Exhibiting Native Art in Canadian Museums, 1967-2002 (working title)
Visuality and Art in the Great Lakes: Indigeneity in Tradition and
Translation (working title)
with Elizabeth Edwards and Chris Gosden, co-editors, Making Senses:
Colonialism, Material Culture, and Museums, Wenner-Green Foundation
for Anthropological Research and Berg Publishers, London.
Articles in Refereed Journals and Edited
"Disappearing Acts, Traditions of Exposure, Traditions of
Enclosure, and Iroquois Masks." In Questions of Tradition, ed.
Mark Salber Phillips and Gordon Schochet. Toronto: University of
[In Press]: "Settler Monuments, Indigenous Memory:
Dis-Membering and Re-Membering`Canadian Art History," in Robert
Nelson and Margaret Olin, eds., Art History, Monument, Memory,
Chigago: University of Chicago Press.
[In Press] "Response to James Clifford, "Looking Several
Ways: Anthropology and Native Heritage in Alaska," Current
Anthropology, February 2004.
[In Press] "Where is Africa?: Re-viewing Art and Artifact in
the Age of Globalization and Diaspora," in Donald Preziosi and
Claire Farago eds., Grasping the World: The Idea of the Museum,
Ashgate Press. [anthologised]
[In Press] "Invoking Magic: Norval Morrisseau's Art and
Discursive Constructions of Art, Anthropology and the
Postcolonial," in Brigette Derlon and ? eds., Anthropologie,
objets, et esthetiques, Paris: Centre National de Recherche
[In Press] "Dress and Address: First Nations Self-Fashioning
and the 1860 Royal Tour of Canada," in Susanne Kuchler and
Graeme Were eds., The Art of Clothing: The Pacific Experience,
London: UCL Press
[In Press] "Show Times: De-Celebrating the Canadian Nation,
De-Colonizing the Canadian Museum, 1967-1992," in Annie E.
Coombes, ed., Making History Memorable: Past and Present in Settler
Colonialism, Manchester, Manchester University Press (anthologised)
Forthcoming, "Re-Placing Objects in the Second Museum Age:
Historical Practices of Retrieval and Performance," Canadian
Historical Review (invited essay.)
Forthcoming, "Naturalized Invention or the Invention of a
Tradition? The Reception of Iroquois Beadwork in the Victorian
Era," and "Styles and Genres of Iroquois Beadwork,"
in Across Borders: Beadwork in Iroquois Life, eds. Moira McCaffrey,
Ruth B. Phillips and Jolene Rickard, Montreal and Kingston:
Forthcoming, "Commemoration/ (De) Celebration: Super-Shows and
the Decolonization of Canadian Museums, 1967-1992" in Barbara
Gabriel and Suzan Ilcan eds., Postmodernism and the Ethical Subject
2003 "Community collaboration in exhibitions: Toward a dialogic
paradigm - Introduction," in Laura Peers and Alison K. Brown
eds., Museums and Source Communities, London: Routledge.
2003 with Elizabeth Lominska Johnson "Exorcising the 'Ghosts of
History,': Canadian Museums, First Nations and the Negotiation of
Repatriation." In Politics and the Past: On Repairing
Historical Injustices, ed. John Torpey. Boulder, Co: Rowan and
2002 "Where is 'Africa'?: Re-Viewing Art and Artifact in the
Age of Globalization," Review Essay in American Anthropologist
2002 "A Proper Place for Art or the Proper Arts of
Place?," In Aboriginal Representation in the Art Gallery, ed.
Lynda Jessup. Mercury Series, Hull: Canadian Museum of Civilization.
2001 "'Can You Go Without Your Head?': Fieldwork as
Transformative Experience." In Res 39: 61-77.
2001 "Performing the Native Woman: Primitivism and Mimcry in
Early Twentieth-Century Visual Culture". In Antimodernism and
Artistic Experience: Policing the Boundaries of Modernity, ed. Lynda
Jessup. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001.
2001 "Quilled Bark from the Central Great Lakes: A
Transcultural Art History". In Studies in American Indian Art:
A Memorial Tribute to Norman Feder, ed. Christian F. Feeste.
Altenstadt, Germany: European Review of Native American Studies,
2000 "Show times: De-celebrating the Canadian nation, de-colonising
the Canadian Museum, 1967-1992" in National Museums,
Negotiating Histories, Canberra, National Museum of Australia.
2000 "APEC at the Museum of Anthropology: The Politics of Site
and the Poetics of Sight Bite," in Ethnos 65 (2): 172-194.
1999 "Nun's, Ladies, and the Queen of the Huron," in Ruth
B. Phillips and Christopher B. Steiner eds., Unpacking Culture: Arts
and Commodities in Colonial and Postcolonial Worlds, Berkeley:
University of California Press.
1998 "Art History and the Native Made Object: New Discourses,
Old Differences," in W. Jackson Rushing ed., Native American
Art in the 20th Century: Essays on History and Criticism, Routledge.
1995 (with Janet Catherine Berlo) "The Museum 'World Turned
Upside Down': The Re-Presentation of Native American Arts," in
"The Problematics of Collecting and Display, Part I, Art
Bulletin 77(1): 6-10.
1994 "Why Not Tourist Art?: Significant Silences in Native
American Museum Representations," in Gyan Prakash ed., After
Colonialism: Imperial Histories and Post-Colonial Displacements,
Princeton: Princeton University Press, pp. 98-125.
1994 "Fielding Culture: Dialogues between Art History and
Anthropology," Museum Anthropology 18(1): 39-46.
1994 "How Museums Marginalize: Naming Domains of Inclusion and
Exclusion," The Cambridge Review 114 (2320): 6-10.
1994 (with Dale Idiens) "A Casket of Curiosities:
Eighteenth-Century Objects from Northeastern North America in the
Farquharson Collection," Journal of the History of Collecting 6
1992 "Woodlands Indian Souvenir Art as Visual Text: Reinventing
Iconology in the Post-Colonial Age," Texts 8: 12-21.
1992 (with Janet Catherine Berlo) "'Vitalizing the Things of
the Past': Museum Representations of Native North American Art in
the 1990s," Museum Anthropology 16 (1): 29-43.
1991 "'Catching Symbolism': Studying Style and Meaning in
Native American Art," Arctic Anthropology 28 (1): 92-100
1991 "Clothed in Blessing: Meaning in Mesquakie Costume,"
The Annals of Iowa 51 (1): 1-25.
1991 "Glimpses of Eden: Iconographic Themes in Huron Pictorial
Tourist Art," European Review of Native American Studies 5 (2):
1990 "Moccasins into Slippers: Traditions and Transformations
in Nineteenth-Century Woodlands Indian Textiles," Northeast
Indian Quarterly 7 (4): 26-36.
1990 "The Public Relations 'Wrap': Learning from the Experience
of The Spirit Sings," Inuit Art Quarterly 5 (2): 13-21.
1989 "What is 'Huron Art?': Native American Art and the New Art
History," Canadian Journal of Native Studies [special issue on
Canadian Native art] 9 (2): 167-191 (1989).
1989 "So that people will see I am skilled in carving: The Role
of the Woodcarver among the Mende," in Englebrecht, Beate and
Bernhard Gardi eds., Man Does Not Go Naked: Textilien und Handwerk
aus afrikanischen und anderen Landern, Basler Beitrage zur
Ethnologie, Band 30, Basel: Ethnologisches Seminar der Universitat
und Museum fur Volkerkunde, pp. 235-251.
1989 "Souvenirs from North America: The Miniature as Image of
Woodlands Indian Life," American Indian Art Magazine, 14: 2, pp
1988 "Indian Art: Where do you put it?," MUSE, 6: 3
1986 "Jasper Grant and Edward Walsh: The Gentleman-Soldier as
Early Collector of Great Lakes Indian Art," Journal of Canadian
Studies, 21: 4, pp 56-71
1986 "Dreams and Designs: Iconographic Problems in Great Lakes
Twined Bags," Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts, 62
1986 (with Valda Blundell) "If it's not Shamanic, is it Sham?,
Anthropologica, 25 (1): 117-132
1984 "Zig-Zag and Spiral: The Interpretation of Geometric
Design in Great Lakes Indian Costume," in Papers of the
Fifteenth Algonquian Conference ed. William Cowan, Ottawa: Carleton
University, pp 409-424
1980 "The Iconography of the Sowei Mask," Ethnologische
Zeitschrift (Zurich), 1 (113)" 113-132
1978 "Masking in Mende Sande Society Initiation Rituals,"
Africa, 48 (3): 265-277
Exhibition Catalogues and Catalogue Essays
1996 "Colleen Cutschall's Art: Lakota Knowledge for the New
Millennium," in Colleen Cutschall: House Made of Stars,
Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery
1992 (with Marion Jackson), "art in politics/ politics in
art," catalogue essay in New Territories, 350/500 Years After:
An Exhibition of Contemporary Canadian Aboriginal Art, Montreal:
Vision Planetaire, pp. 38-40
1991 "Shades of Difference: The Art of Bob Boyer," essay
for Constructing Cultural Identity, The Edmonton Art Gallery
[printed separately, 12 p.]
1990 "Great Lakes Textiles: Meaning and Value in Women's
Art," catalogue essay for On the Border; Native American
Weaving of the Great Lakes and Prarie, Plains Art Museum, Moorhead,
1988 "'Botschaften aus der Vergangenheit': Mundliche
Uberlieferungen und Zeitgenossische Kunst der Woodland Indianer"
["'Messages from the Past': Oral Traditions and contemporary
Woodlands Art"] in Gerhard Hoffmann ed. Im Shatten der Sonne:
Zeitgenossische Kunst der Indianer und Eskimos in Kanada [In the
Shadow of the Sun: Contemporary Indian and Inuit Art of Canada],
Edition Cantz and Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa. [English
translation 1991, Mercury Series, Canadian Museum of Civilization]
1987 "Like a Star I Shine: Northern Woodlands Artistic
Traditions," in The Spirit Sings: Artistic Traditions of
Canada's First Peoples, Toronto: McClelland and Stewart and the
1987 "Northern Woodlands," in The Spirit Sings: Artistic
Traditions of Canada's First Peoples, A Catalogue of the Exhibition,
Toronto: McClelland and Stewart and the Glenbow Museum
1984 Patterns of Power: The Jasper Grant Collection and Great Lakes
Indian Art of the Early 19th Century, Kleinburg, Ontario: The
McMichael Canadian Collection
1996 Entries on
Mende art, Woodlands Indian costume,Woodlands Indian sculpture,
Woodlands Indian embroidery for The Dictionary of Art, London:
1996 Review of "Threads of the Land," exhibition at the
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Archivaria and Museum Anthropology
1994 Review of Bundu: Bush Devils in the Land of the Mende by
Burkhard Gottschalk, African Arts 27 (2):20-24, 92.
1993 "Making Space" [Review article on "Land, Spirit,
Power" at the National Gallery of Canada and "Indigena"
at the Canadian Museum of Civilization], The Canadian Forum, 71
(816): 18-22, January/ February.
1989 "Native American Art and the New Art History," Museum
Anthropology 13, 4: 5-13
1987 "Child into Woman: Fulfilling the Promise of Beauty
through Sande," Rotunda 2(1): 44-49
1985 Entries on Jackson Beardy, Blake Debassige, and Benjamin Chee
Chee for The New Canadian Encyclopedia, Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers
1984 "Patterns of Power: Early Indian Art of the Great
Lakes," Rotunda 17 (3): 16-23
1982-5 Coordinator, Indian art sections of Art and Architecture in
Canada: A Bibliography, eds.Loren Singer and Mary Williamson
CONFERENCE AND SYMPOSIUM PAPERS, AND INVITED
2002 "Invoking Magic: Norval
Morrisseau's Art and Discursive Constructions of Art, Anthropology
and the Postcolonial," "Anthropologie, objets, et
esthetiques," Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Paris.
2002 "Settler Monuments, Indigenous Memory: Resituating the
Indian Scout and Other Figures of Canadian Coloniality,."
Department of Anthropology, Goldsmith's College, University of
2002 "The Politics of Restitution in Canada: Dealing with
Different Histories, Imagining more Creative Responses,"
Department of Ethnography, The British Museum, London
2002 "Disappearing Acts: Traditions of Exposure, Traditions of
Iroquois Masks," Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University
2002 First Nations Gifts for a Royal Prince: Unsettled Arts in an
Age of Settlement, The McReady Lecture in Canadian Art, The Art
Gallery of Ontario
2002 "Great Lakes Women Artists Circa 1860: Unsettled Arts in
an Era of Settlement, symposium on "Native Women and Art:
Survival and Sovereignty, Stanford University
2002 "African Art after Modernism: Pluralism and Revisionism in
the Economy of the Global Museum, Conference on "Museums after
Modernism: Strategies of Engagement," Toronto.
2001 Speaker, "Reparations Politics: Implications for Scholars
and Scholarship," Exploratory Workshop: Reparations for
Historical Injustices, University of British Columbia, November 2-4,
2001 Panelist, "Artistic Creativity and the Impact of New
Technologies," Museum Ludwig, Cologne, German, October 2001.
2001 "Museums, Masks and Mechanical Reproduction: The
Disappearing of Iroquois False Face Masks." The Robert Lehman
Art Lectures, Emory University, January 25, 2001.
2001 "Across Borders: Beadwork in Iroquois Life."
Exhibiting and Erasing National, Disciplinary, and Cultural
Boundaries. Invited lecturer, Michigan State University, March 23,
2001 "Can you go without your head? Representing Mende
Masquerades Today." Invited lecture, Michigan State University,
March 22, 2001.
2001 "Museums and First Nations: Gathering Strength,
Strengthening Partnership." Forum on Aboriginal Issues, Aylmer,
Quebec, February 7, 2001. Organized by the Department of Canadian
2001 "Telling the (First) Nation's Story: A Tale of Three
Decades in Canadian Museums." Plenary Address, Symposium
"Public Stories: Museums, Audiences, Narrative,"
University of Victoria, March 16, 2001.
2001 "Natural Invention or the Invention of Tradition?: The
Victorian Reception of Iroquois Beadwork." Keynote Address,
"Symposium on Beadwork and the Iroquois Life." State
University of New York at Buffalo, NY, October 2000.
2001 "What Do We Sell?" Coauthors: Panellist. Semi-annual
meeting. Art Gallery of Ontario, October 2000. Organized by:
Canadian Art Museum Directors' Organization.
2000 "Postcolonial Problematics in the 'I' of the
Beholder," Workshop on Art History and Identity," Getty
Research Institute (co-organized by the Clark Art Institute)
2000 "Urban Scouts and Native Archaeologists: Settler
Monuments, Indigenous Histories," Clark Art Institute workshop
on Monument, Memory, Art History (co-organized with the Getty
1999 "Appropriate/ Appropriate: The importance of Inflection in
the Museum Representation of Aboriginal Visual Culture"
Symposium on Native Art in the Art Gallery, Carleton University Art
1999 Keynote Address "Unstable Categories: Great Lakes Quilled
Bark from Curiosity to Marker of the Sacred Journey,"
University of Washington Art History Graduate Students Syposium on
"Tourist Art and Cultural Identity"
1998 Panel organizer and Introduction, "Hybridity and Other
Tropes of Change: Reconceptualizing 'Mixing' for a Post-Colonial Art
History," College Art Association
1998 Panel Organizer and "Introduction" to
"Production" panel, "Art/History: Objects, Meaning,
Judgement" symposium organized on the opening of the Getty
1998 The Traditional is the Hybrid: Shelley Niro's Art Worlds,"
American Anthropological Association.
1998 "Trading Identities: Native Arts, Commoditization and
Transcultural Exchange in Eastern North America," Depts. of
Anthropology and History, University of Northern British Columbia.
1998 "APEC at the Museum of Anthropology: The Politics of the
Local and the Poetics of the Global," Symposium on Museum
Anthropology, National Museum of Sweden, Stockholm
1997 "Exhibitions and Histories: Constructing Canons in Native
Canadian Art," Curatorial Forum, National Gallery of Canada
1997 "Sande Masquerades of the Mende," Tribal Arts
Society, University of Miami.
1996 "The Indian in the Landscape: Performance, Primitivism and
the Negotiation of Stereotypes," Symposium on "Policing
the Boundaries of Modernity: Antimodernism and Artistic
Experience," Art Gallery of Ontario.
1996 "Disappearing Acts: Iroquois False Face Masks, Museums and
Postcolonial Politics," Ottawa Historical Association.
1996 "Is Nothing (Everything) Sacred: Robert Houle and the
Legacy of Abstract Expressionism," College Art Association
Annual Meeting, Boston.
1996 with Trudy Nicks, "Living Histories from Dead
Letters," "De-centring the Renaissance" Conference,
Victoria College, University of Toronto.
1996 "The Indian in the Landscape: Performance and the
Negotiation of Native Stereotypes," Symposium entitled
"Policing the Boundaries of Modernity/Anti-Modernism and
Artistic Experience," Art Gallery of Ontario.
1996 "Nuns, Ladies and the Queen of the Huron: Transculturation
and Appropriation in Native American Souvenir Arts, 1700-1900,"
Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Santa
1995 "Early Collectors of Great Lakes Indian Art,"
Symposium for the Opening of the Masco Collection," Wheelwright
Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1995 "Princes' Fancies: Presentation, Self-Presentation and
Anishnabek Art in Birchbark," Symposium held at the opening of
the Eugene and Clare Thaw Wing of the New York State Historical
Society, Cooperstown, New York
1995 "Frances Pailthorp and the Odawa: Settler Colonialism and
the Re-Drawing of Michigan History," Native American Art
Studies Association Biennial Meeting, Tulsa Oklahoma.
1994 "Disappearing Acts: Iroquois 'Art' and Regimes of
Visibility and Invisibility," American Anthropological
1994 "Art and the Merely Commercial: The Hegemony of Hierarchy
in Native American Art Scholarship," College Art Association,
New York City.
1994 "Show Times: Public Occasions, Native Art and the
Decolonization of Canadian Museums, 1967-1992," in the
Distinguished Lecturer Series on "Exhibiting the Art of Other
Cultures," University of Florida, Gainesville.
1993 "Native Women and Home Craft: The Victorian Period in
Iroquois Art," Native American Art Studies Association Biennial
Conference, Santa Fe, N.M.
1993 "Saying it with Flowers: Iconographic Transformation and
the Re-Construction of Native American Identity During the Victorian
Era," Symposium on "Art and Identity in the
Americas," Columbia University.
1993 "Why Not Tourist Art: Significant Silences in Native
American Museum Representation," Lecture sponsored by the
Department of Art, University of Rochester.
1993 Contemporary Native Art Studies and Museum Representation,
Graduate seminar on "Works of Art in Canada," Fine Art
Department, Queen's University.
1992 "Domains of Inclusion and Exclusion: Interdisciplinarity
in Future Museum Representation," American Anthropological
Association, San Francisco.
1992 "Nuns, Ladies and the 'Queen of the Huron': Appropriating
the Savage in Nineteenth-Century Huron Tourist Art," Conference
on "Arts and Goods: Possession, Commoditization,
Representation," Council for Museum Anthropology and American
Ethnological Society, Santa Fe.
1992 "How Museums Marginalize: The Problematics of Museum
Structure and Ethnographic Representation," International
Committee on Museum Ethnography, United Nations International
Committee on Museums (ICOM) Conference, Quebec City.
1992 "Why Not Tourist Art?: Significant Silences in Native
American Museum Representations," Spring Colloquium, The Davis
Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University.
1992 "Changing Discourses: Negotiating the Touristic in
Contemporary Canadian Aboriginal Art," College Art Association
Annual Meeting, Chicago
1991 "Consuming Identities: Curiosity, Souvenir and the Image
of Indianness in Nineteenth-Century Canada," The Davidson
Dunton Research Lecture, Carleton University.
1991 "Consuming Identities: Curiosity, Souvenir and the Image
of Indianness in Nineteenth-Century Canada," Department of Art
History, U.C.L.A., March 1991]
1991 "Imitation and Innovation in Native American Art,"
Native American Art Studies Association Biennial Meeting, Sioux
1991 "Woodlands Indian Souvenir Art as Visual Text: Reinventing
Iconology in the Post-Colonial Age," invited paper for "Interventing
the Text," University of Calgary
1990 "Moccasins into Slippers: Traditions and Transformations
in Nineteenth-Century Woodlands Indian Textiles," Textile
Society of America biennial symposium, National Gallery of Art,
Washington D.C. [also presented to the Native Art Studies
Association of Canada, Montreal, Oct. 1990]
1990 "Contemporary Woodlands Indian Painting and the Oral
Tradition," invited lecture, Haffenreffer Museum of
Anthropology, Brown University
1990 "Say it with Flowers: Meanings of Floral Images in
Woodlands Indian Art in the Victorian Age," American Indian
Workshop conference, London, England
1989 Commentator, "Style and Meaning" panel at the
Symposium held for "Out of the North," Haffenreffer Museum
of Anthropology, Brown University
1989 Lecture on Contemporary Woodlands Painting, Gettysburg College,
1989 "Native American Art and the New Art History,"
keynote address, Native American Art Studies Association, Vancouver
1989 "The Public Relations Wrap," Conference on Cultural
Studies and Communication, Carleton University
1989 "Glimpses of Eden: Iconographic Themes in Huron Pictorial
Tourist Art," American Indian Workshop conference, Vienna
1989 "Clothed in Blessing: Traditions of Great Lakes Indian
Dress," Symposium on Mesquakie Art and Culture, University of
Iowa Art Museum
1989 "Carvers and Creativity among the Mende," Agnes
Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University
1988 Commentator, "Acculturation and Amerindian Art"
panel, College Art Association, Houston
1987 "From Mide Scroll to Easel Painting: Norval Morrisseau's
Early Phase," Native American Art Studies Association, Denver
1987 "Media Representation of Contemporary Canadian Woodlands
Art," Society for Applied Anthropology, Oaxaca, Mexico
1986 "'Dispell all Darkness': Images of the Sun in Woodlands
Art," Native Art Studies Association of Canada, Victoria, B.C.
1985 "The Horned Serpent in Historic Art of the Great Lakes
Indians," Native American Art Studies Association, Detroit -
1985 "The Names of Sowei," Symposium in honour of the Lang
Collection of African Art, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's
1985 "The Visual Language of Woodlands Indian Art,"
"The Voices of Rupert's Land" symposium, Winnipeg Art
1984 "Writing the History of Woodlands Indian Art: Jasper Grant
and his Collection, "From the Four Quarters" symposium,
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.
1982 "Souvenirs from America: Images in Miniature of Indian
Life," lecture, Detroit Institute of Art
1982 (with Valda Blundell) "Images of Indianness in Woodlands
'Legend Paintings,' Canadian Ethnology Society, Vancouver
1982 "The Interpretation of Asymmetry in Traditional Ojibwa
Art," Universities Art Association of Canada, Calgary
1976 "The Iconography of the Mende Sande Society
Mask,"African Studies Association, Boston
1976 "Conformity and Individuality in Sande Masking,"
Symposium on "The Image of Woman in African Art," Harvard
1972 "The Vai Women's Society Mask," Conference on Manding
Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
2003 Forthcoming, (with Janet Catherine
Berlo) "The Museum 'World Turned Upside Down': The
Re-Presentation of Native American Arts," in Donald Preziosi
and Claire Farago eds., Grasping the World, London: Ashgate Press
2003 Forthcoming, "Where is 'Africa'?: Re-Viewing Art and
Artifact in the Age of Globalization," in Donald Preziosi and
Claire Farago, eds, Grasping the World, London: Ashgate Press.)
2002 "Masking in Mende Sande Society initiation rituals,"
in Frances Harding ed., The Performance Arts in Africa: A
Reader," (New York: Routledge.)
1992 "Masking in Mende Sande Society Initiation Rituals,"
in Janet Catherine Berlo and Lee Anne Wilson eds., Arts of the
Fourth World: Readings in African, Oceanic, and Amerindian Arts,
Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall
1989 "Dreams and Designs: Iconographic Problems in Great Lakes
Twined Bags," in David W. Penney ed., Great Lakes Indian Art,
Detroit: Wayne State University Press.
African and Oceanic Art
Native Arts of North America
European Art of the 17th Century
History and Methods of Art History
Native American Arts of the Northwest Coast (Seminar)
Native American Arts of the Northeast (Seminar)
Tourism, Commoditization and Native American Art
Contemporary Indian Art (Seminar)
Seminar on a Selected Exhibition (various topics)
Museums and First Nations in Canada
Historic Arts of the Northeastern First Nations
The Practice of Canadian Art History (team taught)
The History and Theory of the Museum
University of British Columbia
"Entangled Objects, Entangled Sites" (Required Master's
Seminar in Art Historical Methodology)
A Critical History of the Museum
Disciplinary Frameworks for Curatorial Practice
July 2003 Instructor, "The Museum as Transformative Site:
Poetics, Politics, Postcolonialsm" Central European University,
July 2002 Organizer and Lecturer, Seminar for Advanced Graduate
Students, Otsego Institute for Native American Art History
in progress Megan
Smetzer, "Assimilation or Resistance?: The Production and
Consumption of Tlingit Beadwork", in progress
PhD, committee member
in progress Susan
Roy [Coast Salish Performance of Culture in the 20th century], UBC,
2002 Mary Slade,
"SKILQUEWAT - On The Trail of Property Woman: The Life Story of
Freda Diesing," UBC, Dept of Anthropology and Sociology
2001 Leslie Dawn, How Canada Stole the Idea of Native Art: The Group
of Seven and Images of the Indian in the 1920s, PhD Dissertation,
UBC, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, University of
2001 Nancy Walcowich, "Making a Living, Making a Life:
Subsistence and the Re-Enactment of Iglulingmiut Cultural
Practices," UBC, Dept.of Anthropology and Sociology
Master's theses supervisor
Fortney, "Identifying Sto:lo basketry: exploring different ways
of knowing material culture," UBC, Dept. of Anthropology and
2002 Nora Vaillant, "Bernard Leach and British Columbian
Pottery: An Historical Ethnography of a Taste Culture," UBC,
Dept of Anthropology and Sociology.
199* Adele Stalmach, Carleton, School for Studies in Art and Culture
199* [Ukranian Icon Painting]
1995 Sandra Dyck, These Things Are Our Totems:" Marius Barbeau
and the Indigenization of Canadian Art and Culture in the 1920s,
Carleton, School for Studies in Art and Culture
199* Lis Stainforth, Carleton, School for Studies in Art and Culture
199* Sherry Brydon
Master's theses co-supervisor
2002 Dawn Jaya,
"Performing paradise: Reframing Tradition, Modernity and
Identity in the work of I Wayan Tisna, I Wayan Bendi, and I Nyoman
Erawan," UBC, Dept. of Art History
2001 Alexa Fairchild, "Canada Customs, Each-you-eyh-ul Siem:
Meaning in Musqueam Weaving", UBC Dept. of Fine Arts
1999 Aaron Glass, "The Intention of Tradition: Contemporary
contexts and contests of the
Kwakwaka'wakw Hamat'sa dance," UBC, Dept. of Anthropology and
ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES (Selected)
Graduate Supervisor (1994-1996)
Board of Management, Centre for Aboriginal Research, Education and
Arts Faculty Curriculum Committee
Chair, Committee to Develop an Interdisciplinary Program for the
School for Studies in Arts and Culture
University of British Columbia
Committee to Develop a Downtown Presence
Advisory Committee, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
President's Committee on University Art
Search Committee, Dean of Arts
Elected and Appointed
2000-2002 Arts and
Culture Committee, Vancouver Foundation
2002 Curatorial Grants Selection Committee, Getty Grant Program
2002- Member, Visiting Committee, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and
Anthropology, Harvard University
2000 Member, Review Committee, Pitt Rivers Museum, University of
1996-1999 Post-Doctoral Grant Selection Committee, Getty Grant
1995- Advisory Board, Otsego Institute for Native American Art
History (New York Historical Association)
1994-97 Board of Trustees, Ottawa Art Gallery
1995-96 Advisory Board, Inuit Art Quarterly
1990-93 Member, Task Force on Museums and First Nations (Canadian
Museums Association/ Assembly of First Nations)
1989-1995 Native American Art Studies Association (Board of
1993- Editorial Board, Museum Anthropology, American Anthropological
1992 Member, Review Committee, Museum of Anthropology, University of
1985- Editorial Board, Journal of Canadian Art History
Universities Art Association of Canada
College Art Association
Native American Art Studies Association