Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology Annual Report


A. Center Mission: 1. Briefly describe the Center’s mission and note changes from last year.
The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is Brown University’s teaching museum. A resource across the university, we inspire creative and critical thinking about culture by fostering interdisciplinary understanding of the material world. We provide opportunities for faculty and students to work with collections and the public, teaching through objects and programs in classrooms, in the gallery in Manning Hall, and at the Collections Research Center. This new mission reflects significant changes from last year, with a new focus on teaching and a new emphasis on making the museum’s collections and expertise useful to Brown faculty and students for teaching and research. It also reflects our emphasis on interdisciplinary work, reaching beyond a traditional emphasis on anthropology to work with many departments on campus.

B. Summary of Accomplishments 1. What is the single most important accomplishment of the Center this year?
It’s been a year of significant change, and preparation for change, at the Haffenreffer Museum. Our new orientation toward teaching, service, and interdisciplinary work is our most important accomplishment. See Appendix 1 for the range of contacts with faculty and students.

2. Please describe how successful the Center has been at making an impact at Brown.
Over the course of the past year more than 30 classes and student groups, and 20 faculty members and student researchers, visited the museum in Manning or at the Collections Research Center. These intensive users of the collection, in addition to the thousands of casual visitors to the museum in Manning Hall, and the thousand or so attendees at museum-sponsored events, are indicative of the usefulness of the museum to Brown’s teaching and research. See appendices for details.

C. Progress Report on Goals 1. Briefly indicate the center’s progress on goals articulated in last year’s report.
We have made good progress toward our goals. As noted above, we have worked with a wide range of faculty and students, in a range of departments, centers and programs. Our collections relocation program is 90 percent complete. Digitization – making the collections available on the Web – has not been a success; it’s much harder and more expensive than I thought it would be. We have used the gallery at Manning Hall well, in new ways, and will complete the transformation of the space over the coming year. And we’ve set up satellite exhibition and study collections in Faunce and in the Joukowsky, as well as a renovated space in the Library. This will continue next year, as will increased teaching about material culture. We’ve begun discussion with the Friends about their future role, and undertaken a small amount of fund-raising with them.

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D. Research, Teaching, and Programming 1. Faculty: List Core and Affiliated Faculty
[Core Faculty]

Douglas D. Anderson, Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Laboratory for Circumpolar Studies, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology Steven Lubar, Professor of American Civilization and History; Director, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage; Director, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology (began 7/1/2010) Kevin P. Smith, Adjunct Assistant Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Deputy Director, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology Michèle Hayeur Smith, Museum Research Associate, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology Emily Stokes-Rees, Postdoctoral Fellow in Museum Anthropology, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology Christopher Wolff, Archaeologist (NAGPRA), National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution and Museum Research Associate, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

[Affiliated Faculty]

2. Research: List external funding received by the Center. Include research and training grant proposals and awards, as well as any other Center support.
Funding received from Haffenreffer Family Foundation and other foundation and individual support: approximately $40,000. Grant received from Brown’s Creative Art Council to support El Anatsui, a Ghanian artist in residence at the Museum and the Granoff Center for Creative Arts: $9000. Grant proposal submitted to National Endowment for the Humanities: $50,000 Digital Humanities Startup Fund for “Beneath the Surface: Simulating Archaeology/Stimulating Critical Thought” Ongoing funding from three NSF grants and one RICH grant:
• $487,000 National Science Foundation research grant (3 years) to Dr. Michèle Hayeur Smith for collections-based research in Iceland on archaeological textiles, gender, economy, and human responses to climate change (Project title: Rags to Riches: An Archaeological Study of Textiles and Gender in Iceland, AD 874-1800; Award Number 1023167) $262,449 National Science Foundation research grant to Dr. Douglas Anderson (Anthropology and HMA Circumpolar Lab) for fieldwork and laboratory analyses in northwestern Alaska (Project title: Trade Relations in Northwest Alaska; Award Number 0908462) $45,124 National Science Foundation research grant transferred from University of Alaska to Dr. Christopher Wolff to examine the origins of whaling and the “Old Whaling Culture” in the Bering and Chukchi Sea region (Project title: Collaboration to Investigate the "Old Whaling" Culture and the Origins of Whaling in Chukotka) $9,880 Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Major Grant – Civics Education Initiative to Kevin P. Smith and Geralyn Hoffman to support the production of pre-visit and post-visit curriculum materials for the Haffenreffer Museum’s school outreach program Sankofa: African Americans in Rhode Island

3. Publications: List publications generated as a result of center activity.
Contexts: The Annual Report of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology. 2011.

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Joanna Coppola, Cindy Elder and Patsy Sanford, The Mt. Hope Years, 1968-2008: The Experiential Education Program of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University, on the Mount Hope Grant in Bristol, Rhode Island. Reflections from children, teachers, native interpreters, volunteers and museum staff. Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, 2011. Kevin P. Smith, William Engelbrecht and John D. Holland. “Late-Paleoindian Archaeology at the Eaton Site, Western New York,” in Current Research in the Pleistocene 27: 142-145. ________. Gilsbakki in Hvítársíða, Western Iceland: Preliminary Report of 2008. With contribution by Thomas Urban. Research Reports of the Circumpolar Laboratory, No. 1. Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology.

4. Courses: (Please provide a list of courses taught as a result of center activity: include course number and title, instructor and number of students enrolled).
[Instructor] [Course Number] [Course Title] [Enrollment Count]

Steven Lubar; AMCV2220; Museums and Communities; 4 Emily Stokes-Rees; AMCV1900; Museums, Identities, Nationhood; 18

E. Budget and Staffing 1. Budget: Have there been significant changes in the Center’s budget or staffing over the last year?
No significant changes in budget. This was the first year with a postdoctoral fellow and museum research associates.

2. Priorities: What are your budget and staffing priorities for the upcoming year?
Budget: no significant changes. Staffing: The Museum will need a new director starting July 1, 2012, and that search should get underway this fall. We would like to move ahead with hiring a digital outreach manager.

F. Goals 1. Please list the Center’s goals for the next academic year.
We plan to continue on the course set this year. Significant projects include designing, building, and implementing the CultureLab in Manning; a series of exhibitions in Manning and elsewhere on campus; our usual range of public programs; the ongoing work of collections, collections management and especially making collections available on the Web; and planning for the future of the Circumpolar Lab and the Collections Research Center. Exhibits • CultureLab study center • New entrance cases: Representing people th • Roger Williams 375 anniversary (with RIHS) • Taiwan aboriginal arts • Taoist paintings (with RISD Museum) • El Anatsui • Art/Archaeology program with Bell Gallery • Begin work on Weihe Collection Liberia exhibition

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[additional exhibits for spring based on class interest] Programs Public lectures tied to exhibitions Student CultureLab assistants Work with Sheridan Center on teaching with collections certificate Complete Sankofa grant project with new website Continue Culture Caravan K-12 programs in schools; begin evaluation of programs Expand archaeology program with RISD Museum, Joukowsky Minor improvements to museum website

Friends of the Haffenreffer Museum • New collections group (to improve collections) • Re-invigorated Programs and Exhibits Committee Collections • Complete mold remediation • Complete move of collections to new spaces • Collections management system o Undertake review of accuracy, consistency of data in collections system o Make decision on new collections management system • Improve documentation of existing collections and their collectors • Increase digital access to collections and exhibits • 40 short videos of curators talking about collection objects • Complete two student research and collection grants currently in process, bringing material obtained into the collections and potentially into temporary exhibitions • Digitize Spinden collection? Management (longer term) • Plan for future of Circumpolar Lab • Student employment/training/internships continued for collections management, curatorial research, exhibits and education • Plan for move of Collections Research Center to Providence • Grant proposals: IMLS (storage); NSF (Circumpolar); IMLS (training) • Select new director

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Appendix 1: Faculty/Student projects and visits 2010/2011 Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology
September 2010 • JNBC student visit to view collections • JNBC Graduate student using museum archival materials for major paper • Doug Scott’s (RISD) students critique exhibit for exhibit design course • Students Marlaina Martin (undergrad) and Jessica Unger (Public Humanities) helped with the research and writing of curriculum materials for middle school teachers about African Americans in Rhode Island (through December) October 2010 • Brown Profs (Jeremy Mumford and Linn Fisher) visit to view collections and choose objects for use in teaching. Objs transferred to Manning for use in HIST 1976a • Allison Davis (Joukowsky Inst.) using precolumbian textiles/objects from collections for teaching, housed in Manning and Joukowsky • Opening of student exhibition, ‘Reimagining Columbus, Reimagining Columbus Day’ in Manning Hall • RISD Prof (Barbara Seidenath) and class to view objects associated with ‘adornment’. Possible future collaborative exhibition • Ed Dwyer (RISD) brought classes by for his Art & Cultures of Ancient Mesoamerica & Seminar: Loot • Eduardo (Providence College) Mesoamerican history course taught in Spanish • Public Humanities students Amy Atticks, Shana Weinberg, and Lucia Lopez designed and ran activities for a sixth grade field trip of sixth graders from the Nathan Bishop School at Manning Hall (Total 80 students) November 2010 • Student (Isabel Parkes) request to study/exhibit Jarai grave figures • RISD Prof, Paola Dematte visit to view Chinese textiles – possible class visit/exhibit Spring 2011 • RISD Prof (Jim Peters), visit to view collections and plan for class visit to draw objects in Spring 2011 • Two Postdocs from Joukowsy Institute (Kevin Fisher and Mac Marston) visit to view and select objects for use in teaching next term. • JNBC class visit (Ian Russell) to conduct class activity and choose objects for upcoming exhibition • CCRI, Natalie Coletta, chair, Dept. of Art and class visit museum with exhibit tour from Geralyn • UCLA graduate student (Robin O’Hearn) inquiry about researching Komo masks • Stephanie Merrim (Brown) class meeting for Comparative Literature of Latin America • John Cherry (Joukowsky Inst.)brings seminar course to Manning to discuss museum exhibit • Public Humanities students Amy Atticks, Shana Weinberg, and Lucia Lopez designed and ran activities for a sixth grade field trip of sixth graders from the Nathan Bishop School at Manning Hall (Total 80 students) December 2010 • JNBC Postdoc (Ian Russell) mounts exhibition, ‘Exquisite Things’ in Robertson Campus Center • Brown Profs - Stephen Houston, Pat Rubertone, Mark Tribe, Elena Gozales – confirm use of collections for teaching in Spring term (visits to follow) • Redisplay of case in Rockefeller Library (to contain Jarai grave figures)

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Crystal Ngo, Doctoral Student, American Civilization – Hmong Cloth Research Project December 7 - Student curators talk about Columbus Day exhibit - 22 students, 3 (Brown) staff December 2 – Student pizza lunch with guest speaker, Michael Heckenberger -- 12 students

January, 2011 • January 25th - Public Humanities students Jessica Unger and Elysian McNiff observes a teacher workshop given by the Museum. • Public Humanities student Jessica Unger trains and runs archaeology outreach programs to the Nathan Bishop sixth graders as part of a partnership with the Joukowsky Institute and the RISD Museum who also worked with student interns. Jessica also continued to work on the African Americans in Rhode Island project (through June) February, 2011 • Feb 2: Kevin speaks to Krysta Ryzewski's class (Joukowsky) about archaeological iron smelting techniques. Objects displayed in Joukowsky for use by her class. • Feb 8 - Student pizza lunch in conjunction with the Joukowsky. Tim Taylor of Time Team -- six students attended Feb 14 – Student pizza lunch with guest speaker, Patricia McAnany Feb. 14 -3 students • February 22nd - Student Advisory Board toured HMA • February 23rd – Steve Lubar’s class toured HMA and students to learn about museum registration; wrote papers based on accession files. March, 2011 • March 2: Kevin and Geralyn speak to Steve Lubar’s Public Humanities class about museum work and learning with objects. • March 2: Emily Stokes-Rees uses Haida objects in her class (AMCV 1901) • March 3: Kevin speaks to Elena Gonzales' Am Civ class about using Material Culture in research • March 3rd - Ian Russell and Sarah Ganz-Blythe (RISD) hold class at Manning and Thierry shows objects and speaks about repatriation and NAGPRA. • March 8th - Pat Rubertone’s class - Beads • March 15th - Pat Rubertone’s class - Soap stone pipes April 2011 • April 6th - Lubar class visit to Bristol. Topic: conservation • April 7th - Susan Smulyan (Am Civ) brings class to Manning for presentation of Native American objects related to particular themes (gender, political activism, public/private spheres). Students will be preparing online exhibitions of images/text related to the objects. • April 14th - Presentation to Joukowsky Brown Bag about the collaborative archaeology outreach program for sixth graders by Joukowsky, Haffenreffer, and RISD Museum staff and students. • April 14th - Brian Kernighan’s RISD museum design class at Manning. • April 19th - Brian Kernighan's RISD museum design class. visit to Bristol. They are working on ideas for the study center at Mannning and touring the storage units and spaces. • April 21 - Elena Gonzales Am CIv class visits the museum to do activity with collections related to her course on ‘political activism’. • April 27 + 28th - Brown students ran field trip program activities for sixth graders at the Nathan Bishop School. Public Humanities students included Shana Weinberg, Amy Atticks, Lucia Lopez, and Jessica Unger. They were joined by Emily Button (Anthropology graduate student) and Laura Berman (Archaeology undergraduate). (Total 85 students). • TBD: Turkish ethnographic items displayed at Joukowsky for Mac Marston course

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April 22-23 - Kevin organizes iron smelting experimental archaeology for Krysta Ryzewski’s class (16 students; also other participants)

May 2011 • May 4 - Deborah Wilde’s RISD museum class visit to Bristol. • May 12 - Kathleen Villieri’s RISD museum class visit to Bristol June 2011 • June 2 - Staff Development Day at Manning Hall - An opportunity for people to experience what they might be able to expect from the Culture Lab; touch objects and ask questions.

Ongoing student museum projects • Archaeology undergraduate working with Michele Smith on a regular basis on textile research • Colin Porter (grad student, Anthropology) and Kevin organize a loan of objects from the Rhode Island Historical Society to aid in Colin’s research. • Haffenreffer Student Advisory Board meets throughout the year; completed two exhibits. • Students involved with the XRF work on objects from collections: Peter Hatch (Anthropology, senior), Bradley Sekedat (Joukowsky) • Provided advice on the land-use history of Mount Hope for a group project/class from Ecology and Environmental Biology, especially: Eliza Cohen

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Appendix 2 Visitors June / July 2010 through June 2011

Number of Visitors / Average 765 / 31 per day 934 / 36 per day 957 / 37 per day 637 / 25 per day 901 / 20 per day 343 / 18 per day 257 / 12 per day 273 / 13 per day 336 / 14 per day 540 / 20 per day 964 / 39 per day 957 / 19 per day 566 / 25 per day 7930 / 610 per month 407 visitors 500 visitors

2010 June 2010 July 2010 August 2010 September 2010 October 2010 November 2010 December 2010 2011 January 2011 February 2011 March 2011 April 2011 May 2011 June 2011 (incomplete) Total

Parents Weekend 10 / 22, 10 / 23, 10 / 24 Commencement Weekend 5 / 28, 5 / 29

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Appendix 3: Public Programs
Fall semester • • • A tour of the Reimagining the Americas exhibit by student curator Cassandra Mesick* New anthropology professor Andrew Scherer shared his archaeological work on Classic Maya Kingdoms Boe Titla (San Carlos Apache), performed his ballads for us with an open vocal performance by RISD student Rose Simpson, a program made possible by Native Americans at Brown’s Native American Heritage Series* Victor Masayesva, Jr. (Hopi) spoke about his research connecting the ancient Southwest with ancient Mesoamerica for the Edward G. and Barbara A. Hail lecture program The Bristol Parks & Recreation Department, along with the Pokanoket Indians held the annual Honoring the Harvest celebration in Bristol in November, with a feast of succotash and corn bread Michael Heckenberger (University of Florida), sponsored by the Jane Powell Dwyer Memorial Lecture program, spoke about his archaeological work in the Amazon and his new evidence for large-scale ancient societies in the area. Student curators Elena Gonzales, Elysian McNiff, and Lucia Lopez led a public tour and roundtable discussion of “Reimagining Columbus, Reimagining Columbus Day”*

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Spring semester • The annual Barbara Greenwald Memorial Arts program (with extra support from the department of anthropology and the Center for Environmental Studies), four talks complementing “Reimagining the Americas” by focusing on some of our favorite foods that come from or have been cultivated in the Americas: o Susan Wood, CEO of the Coffee Exchange, shared the work of the Coffee Kids organization in providing education and health programs for coffee growing communities o Patricia McAnany (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) visited us on Valentine’s Day to discuss her work in the study of ancient Maya cacao political economies. (Our thanks to Taza Chocolate and Mars, Inc., for the donation of delicious, traditional, and historic chocolates!) o Patrick McGovern (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology), discussing how he recreated ancient beers by analyzing ancient vessels in his biomolecular lab and sharing that work with Dogfish Head brewery. (Special thanks to The Graduate Center Bar, which invited lecture attendees to a free tasting of four of the Dogfish Head ancient brews o Food anthropologist Jeffrey Pilcher (University of Minnesota), speaking about the globalization of Mexican cuisine. (Mexico Garibaldi Restaurant catered the reception; many thanks!) Nathanial Philbrick joined us in March for a lively discussion with Director Steven Lubar about his process for writing historical works.

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