Conservation DistList Archives [Date] [Subject] [Author] [SEARCH]

Subject: Call for papers--Conference on maintenance of totem poles and canoes

Call for papers--Conference on maintenance of totem poles and canoes

From: J. Claire Dean <jclairedean<-at->
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Call for Papers

Symposium and Totem Pole Maintenance Workshop

"Poles, Posts and Canoes: the Preservation, Conservation and
    Continuation of Native American Monumental Wood Carving"
Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve
Tulalip, Washington
July 21-22, 2014
(Opening Ceremony and Dinner, July 20, 2014)

This two day symposium (preceded by an opening ceremony and meal on
the evening of July 20, 2014) will gather Native and non-Native
museum professionals, tribal members, and contemporary Native
carvers to discuss the challenges of preserving and exhibiting
historic monumental wood carvings from both a Native and Non-Native
view point. It will also serve to connect Native carvers and the
museum community in the hope that the resulting dialogue will help
support the continued development of this traditional art form.  The
format of this gathering is aimed at encouraging discussion, so
presentations will be relaxed and brief, and an equal amount of time
will be scheduled for general discussion of the topics addressed.

Registration will open January 21, 2014, and a provisional program
will be available at that time.

Further information and details about the conference will be posted


Call for papers:  The meeting is heavily focused on inclusive
discussions amongst participants, therefore we are seeking short
presentations (10-15 minutes maximum) that encourage constructive
dialog.  While technical papers are welcome, we ask that presenters
keep in mind the broad background of the expected attendees.  The
event will be recorded and the proceedings published.

Proposals for presentations on the following topics are invited:

    The history behind the past care of poles, posts, canoes and
    similar large Native carvings held in conventional museum

    The care of these objects in Native museums and communities from
    the Native perspective.

    What types of large artifact conservation treatments and care
    work best in Native and non-Native museums?

    The importance and relevance of these objects for the personal
    visions of the Native carver.

    The potential use of traditional methods and materials in the
    preservation of existing objects in collections.

    How can conservators, custodians and Native carvers bridge the
    communication gap and support each other's work?

    How can a balance be struck between technical and non-technical

    How can we define a range of "best practices" in Native museum
    collections regarding treatments, storage, moving and mounting
    techniques for this material?

Information to be included in your proposal:

    Presentation proposal should be not more than 250 words.

    Please include a 100 word summary that will be included on the
    conference website, should your paper be accepted.

    Provide your name, occupation/institution and contact
    information, including e-mail address.

    Indicate the format of your presentation--PowerPoint,
    presentation from written notes, etc.

Deadline for submission: February 3, 2014

Please submit proposals to:

    J. Claire Dean <info<-at->hibulbculturalcenter<.>org>s
    (include "PPC paper proposal" in the subject line).

You will be notified by e-mail whether or not your paper has been
accepted by February 28, 2014.

"Caring for Totem Poles Workshop:
Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve
Tulalip, Washington.
July 23-25, 2014

We are excited to announce that immediately following the "Poles,
Posts and Canoes" conference we are planning a three day workshop on
the care and maintenance of totem poles.  This hands-on event will
explore both traditional and museum-based approaches to the upkeep
of these objects and is aimed at individuals directly involved in
the preservation of totem poles.  The workshop, hosted by the Hibulb
Cultural Center and led by a team of experienced conservators and
carvers, will build on the success of previous workshops hosted by
First Nation communities in Canada and held in March 2008 in
Skidegate, then in October 2009 in Alert Bay, British Columbia,
hosted by the U'Mista Cultural Society and again in October 2010 in
Kitselas British Columbia, hosted by the Kitselas Band Council and
presented in co-operation with the Freda Diesing School of Northwest
Coast Art.

Due to the hands-on and practical nature of this event, the number
of attendees will be limited.  Details of the workshop are still
being worked out and should be available by January 21, 2014, when
registration for the "Poles, Posts and Canoes" conference opens.

J. Claire Dean
Senior Conservator
Hibulb Cultural Center
Dean and Associates Conservation Services
3438 NE 62nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97213

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:27
                Distributed: Saturday, December 21, 2013
                       Message Id: cdl-27-27-003
Received on Thursday, 19 December, 2013

[Search all CoOL documents]

URL: http://