TUES 23 OCT, 6PM - 7:30PM

A recent estimate of taonga overseas in museum collections starts at 16,000. These treasures primarily date to pre-1900, and are rich and diverse, yet knowledge about them remains elusive. As many museums globally start to engage with indigenous communities, how can there be any semblance of weaving together people and taonga when there is no kanohi-ki-te-kanohi/face-to-face? This talk will provide some insight into the nature of some collections in Europe, England and the US, and discuss some of the ways in which we as researchers can help with this re-engagement. Collections discussed will include those at the Pigorini (Rome), British Museum (London), Metropolitan Museum (New York), Smithsonian (Washington DC), and Field Museum (Chicago).

Dr Ngarino Ellis (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou) has been researching and teaching about Māori art and architecture for the past 20 years. Her book A Whakapapa of Tradition: One Hundred Years of Ngāti Porou Carving 1830-1930 (2016) won three awards including Best First Book (Ockhams) and Best Māori Art Book (Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards). She is completing, with Professor Deidre Brown, a book manuscript funded by the Royal Marsden Fund entitled ‘Toi Te Mana: A History of Indigenous Art from Aotearoa New Zealand.’ Her teaching included Art Crime, Gender and Indigenous Peoples and Museums.

Whilst this event is free, bookings are required by emailing membership@aucklandmuseum.com to confirm your seat.