UBC’s Museum of Anthropology receives $7M in Indigenous art

November 16, 2016

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia has received a donation of over 200 pieces of Indigenous art from an anonymous donor, the Doggone Foundation, and the Government of Canada. Valued at roughly $7M, the gift is believed to be the largest collection of Northwest Coast First Nations art to return to BC in recent decades. “It is an honour for UBC to receive this distinguished collection of Indigenous art at MOA where it will be accessible to both the campus community and visitors,” said UBC President Santa Ono. “The collection supports the university’s long-standing commitment to Aboriginal engagement, and to furthering the public’s awareness and understanding of Indigenous cultures and histories.” MOA Musqueam curator-in-residence Jordan Wilson added that “the belongings made by our ancestors have always helped tell the story of who we are and where we come from. I am excited by the possibilities of contemporary community members and artists engaging with this collection.” UBC |Vancouver Sun | Medicine Hat News | CBC