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The Pacific Collection Access Project (PCAP) is a three year project that will:
The project is initially focussed on the collections of 13 island nations/groupings which will be worked on in alphabetical order over the next three years. They are: Cook Islands, Easter Island, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawai’i, Kiribati, Niue, Pitcairn Island, Sāmoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Wallis and Futuna.
Items such as tools, ornaments, musical instruments and carvings will be brought out of storage to be examined, cleaned, measured, photographed and re-housed into safe and accessible storage. Improving information about each item in our Museum’s records is crucial, and where possible priority will be given to languages, dialects and specific cultural knowledge for each island nation through the inclusion of appropriate names and terminologies.
The project is an endeavour of partnership and discovery where the Museum and Pacific communities will work together to:
Out of this exchange knowledge and stories long hidden will be uncovered and perhaps connections renewed.
As the team start to work on items from each Pacific nation, the first step in the community engagement process will be to find leaders from Auckland based Pacific communities who can suggest an appropriate project name using their own Pacific language and terminology. This will give each component of the project its own unique identity.
Over the next three years over 5000 items from 13 island nations/groupings will be worked on, and are currently scheduled in the order below:
May – Oct 2016
Oct 2016 – Oct 2017
Nov 2017 – early Feb 2017
March – Aug 2018
Sept - Oct 2018
Nov – Dec 2018
Jan – April 2019
April 2018 – June 2019
Wallis and Futuna
*Please note: this timeframe is an estimate only and subject to change.
If you have connections with one or more of the island nations/groupings and would like to contribute to the project, see how you can get involved.