The Force of Family: Repatriation, Kinship, and Memory on Haida Gwaii

By Cara Krmpotich

© 2014

Over the course of more than a decade, the Haida Nation triumphantly returned home all known Haida ancestral remains from North American museums. In the summer of 2010, they achieved what many thought was impossible: the repatriation of ancestral remains from the Pitt Rivers Museum at the University of Oxford. The Force of Family is an ethnography of those efforts to repatriate ancestral remains from museums around the world.

Focusing on objects made to honour the ancestors, Cara Krmpotich explores how memory, objects, and kinship connect and form a cultural archive. Since the mid-1990s, Haidas have been making button blankets and bentwood boxes with clan crest designs, hosting feasts for hundreds of people, and composing and choreographing new songs and dances in the service of repatriation. The book comes to understand how shared experiences of sewing, weaving, dancing, cooking and feasting lead to the Haida notion of “respect,” the creation of kinship and collective memory, and the production of a cultural archive.

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Over the course of more than a decade, the Haida Nation triumphantly returned home all known Haida ancestral remains from North American museums. The Force of Family is an ethnography of those efforts to repatriate ancestral remains from museums around the world.

The Force of Family: Repatriation, Kinship, and Memory on Haida Gwaii

By Cara Krmpotich

© 2014

Over the course of more than a decade, the Haida Nation triumphantly returned home all known Haida ancestral remains from North American museums. In the summer of 2010, they achieved what many thought was impossible: the repatriation of ancestral remains from the Pitt Rivers Museum at the University of Oxford. The Force of Family is an ethnography of those efforts to repatriate ancestral remains from museums around the world.

Focusing on objects made to honour the ancestors, Cara Krmpotich explores how memory, objects, and kinship connect and form a cultural archive. Since the mid-1990s, Haidas have been making button blankets and bentwood boxes with clan crest designs, hosting feasts for hundreds of people, and composing and choreographing new songs and dances in the service of repatriation. The book comes to understand how shared experiences of sewing, weaving, dancing, cooking and feasting lead to the Haida notion of “respect,” the creation of kinship and collective memory, and the production of a cultural archive.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Illustrations: 26
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.6in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘This work is beautifully crafted contribution to repatriation and critical heritage studies… Highly recommended.’


    K.S. Fine-Dare
    Choice Magazine vol 52:04:2014

    ‘This sensitively written and insightful ethnography takes repatriation out of the control of museums and places it in a specific community as it tries to repair the damage inflicted by over a century of social and cultural trauma.’


    Gillian Crowther
    BC Studies Issue 197

    The Force of Family explains the intimate tie between Haida repatriation and kinship in its associated forms of memory, history, and respect. This is a book that gives the reader a real understanding of Haida concerns and approaches when it comes to repatriation.”


    Larry J. Zimmerman, Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis

    “A readable and nuanced discussion of Haida culture and the changes it has experienced during the ‘repatriation era.’”


    Robert K. Paterson, Professor of Law, University of British Columbia

    “There is no doubt that this book is an important contribution to our understanding of Haida communities and the impact of repatriation on their understandings of themselves, as well as what our understanding of repatriation following the Haida should be.”
    Joshua A. Bell, Curator of Globalization in the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
  • Author Information

    Cara Krmpotich is an assistant professor in the Museum Studies program, Faculty of Information, at the University of Toronto.
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations

    List of Tables

    Acknowledgements

    A Note on Orthography

    Abbreviations

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: Departures and Arrivals

    Chapter 3: Family, Morality and Haida Repatriation

    Chapter 4: The Structural Qualities and Cultural Values of Haida Kinship

    Chapter 5: The Values of Yahgudang: The Relationships Between Self and Others

    Chapter 6: The Structuring of Kinship and History

    Chapter 7: The Place of Repatriation within Collective Memory

    Chapter 8: Conclusions and Beginnings

    Notes

    Project Interviews

    References