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Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse
University of Washington (Seattle, WA 98105-6613)

A Collaborative Reframing of Franz Boas's Documentation of the Kwakiutl First Nation in 1930

Completion of a digital publication on the anthropologist Franz Boas’s 1930 sound and film recordings of indigenous community life at Fort Rupert, British Columbia, in collaboration with members of the Kwakiutl First Nation.

Featuring embedded audio and film recordings made in Fort Rupert, BC, by Franz Boas (1930), Galgapola (Working Together)--A Collaborative Reframing of Kwakiutl Film and Audio Recordings with Franz Boas, 1930 will be written and edited by Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse, University of Washington, with contributions by Coreen, Kaleb, and Thomas Child, members of the Kwakiutl First Nation and will be digitally published by University of Washington Press. Galgapoa will reunite existing archival source media (historical films, wax-cylinder audio recordings, images of material collections, and unpublished manuscripts and field notes) from far-flung institutions and forge them into a new digital whole, shaped by and integrated with active cultural knowledge contributed by Kwakiutl First Nation members. By reconnecting intangible rights and privileges to material objects, this project re-centers the ownership of these materials within the communities that still hold those intangible privileges, rather than with the institutions that hold the physical objects.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Cultural Anthropology; Native American Studies


Research Programs

Total amounts:
$25,200 (approved)
$25,200 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2018 – 7/31/2018