Talk by Dr. Robin Gray (Ts’msyen/Cree)

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UC DAVIS SOCIOCULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY COLLOQUIUM
ACCESS AND CONTROL OF INDIGENOUS CULTURAL HERITAGE: WHEN THE ‘OBJECT’ OF REPATRIATION IS SONG

MAY 15, 2017• 4:10PM – 6:00PM • SS&H 2203

The repatriation of Indigenous cultural heritage is not limited to the reburial of human remains or the return of totem poles and masks, for example. It can also include the repatriation of intangible cultural heritage such as songs and oral histories from archives. In this talk I will discuss the efforts of Ts’msyen from Lax Kw’alaams, BC, Canada to reclaim a collection of recordings in the Laura Boulton Collection of Traditional and Liturgical Music. How the community responds to histories of capture, what it takes to repatriate intangible cultural heritage from archives, and the legality of Ts’msyen songs will also be points of discussion.

Dr. Robin Gray
(Ts’msyen/Cree)
UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of History, UC Santa Cruz