Join Aaron Glass on Saturday, February 16th at 12 pm for an exploration of the hidden histories and complex legacies of one of the most influential books in the field of anthropology, Franz Boas’ The Social Organization and the Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians (1897). Focusing on Boas’ work with his Indigenous co-author George Hunt among the Kwakwaka’wakw people of British Columbia, the exhibition—guest designed by artist Corrine Hunt, Hunt’s great-granddaughter—features ceremonial objects as well as rare archival photographs, manuscripts, and drawings that shed new light on the book and advance understanding of the ongoing cultural traditions it documents.

Aaron Glass is an Associate Professor at Bard Graduate Center, whose areas of special interest include Museums and Anthropology, Colonialism and Indigenous Modernities, and Intercultural Encounter, Exchange, and Agency. His research focuses on various aspects of First Nations visual art and material culture, media, and performance on the Northwest Coast of North America, both historically and today. Current projects involve collaborating with the U’mista Cultural Centre to restore and present Edward Curtis’s 1914 silent film, In the Land of the Head Hunters, and to create a critical, annotated, digital edition of Franz Boas’s pioneering 1897 monograph on the Kwakwaka’wakw culture.

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