Next small world: I went to the local garden show and put a bid in for a small art work ... and 'won'.
|Sue Coleman's print - it doesn't appear to have a title - when I|
go to the studio I'll check up
Get rung up - please come and collect ... after some shenanigans here ... I make a plan to go down for the signed print by a local artist - in indigenous style ... to be collected from a couple's house nearby.
He's there, she's in Ottawa/Toronto researching ... what an amazing home and I get shown round, shown the garden ... the view across to Mount Baker on the mainland ... and we chat about all sorts of things ...
|Exeter College founded 1314|
... and that Oxford connection yet again ... she's a member of Exeter College - so he was bemused to know I'd spent 10 years of my life in and around the city.
|Mount Baker from the Frazier River|
by Albert Bierstadt (1890) in the
I was admiring their art, artefacts, plants, sculptures, talking ... and me being me ... asking more of what they do - knowing I'll be out of my depth ... but again: start somewhere and the pieces will fill out slowly.
This amazing couple are anthropologists ... research consultants engaged in anthropological and linquistic work here in British Columbia and Washington State.
Their specialisation is with ethnology - the branch of anthropology that compares and analyzes the characteristics of different peoples and the relationship between them.
As I was leaving with my art work I was asked if I'd like to go round for a meal sometime ... of course was my answer! I also asked if I could have a book of theirs ... so I could try and get my head round their work: that sounds so amazing.
These are the two books I was lent or given ... the Lil'wat World of Charlie Mack, and the translation of an 1895 German edition of Indian Myths and Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America. Well I've only glanced at them ... and am treasuring them ... as someone who's very lucky.
Franz Boas', who wrote the 1895 book, has an interesting background ... I've linked across to wiki, if you wish to look ... he has been called the "Father of American Anthropology".
|Cowichan girl from 1913|
So I am adding voraciously to my knowledge of many things and particularly getting a brief glimpse into indigenous life ... it will be a tiny understanding - trying to relate to their world ... which has so much to offer us.
These are here to be noted as reference books should anyone be interested in further research at some stage ... but I wanted to mention them. I'm not sure how much I'll read of them ... but know that others here might be interested.
PS I'm over in Vancouver for 2 nights ... so will get back to replying at the end of the week ...
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