Our collections are the most useful in context - so our staff frequently travel to the places from which we collect. Each trip may involve collecting new objects, learning about those we already have, or sharing our historical objects with descendant communities. We strive to build long-lasting relationships with artists, makers and other community members. While these relationships enrich our understanding of our collections, it is also our ethical responsibility to make our collections more accessible to these partners. Below are just a few of the recent outreach trips our staff has made.
Chris Philipp, Christine Giannoni
Keeping the relationship between the Museum, its collections, and the people of Tokomaru Bay alive and making decisions together about the future of Ruatepupuke II.
Building contemporary collections, getting to know local artists, and embarking on a new co-curation endeavor back home at the Field Museum.
Learning the best ways to care for a Maori meeting house, from the Maori people of Tokomaru Bay, Aotearoa.
Meeting artists and makers to help bring Fijian arts and crafts to Chicago; collecting objects to enrich our historical collections.
Papua New Guinea & Australia
Outreach and collecting, and a partnership with FM's Mark Golitko's archaeological survey
Samoa & Hawaii
Seeking out contemporary artists of siapo mamanu; commissioning new works for the museum.
Regenstein Curator of Pacific Anthropology John Edward Terrell and A. Watson Armour III Curator Robert Martin traveled to New Zealand in September 2007 to participate in the official repatriation of Maori ancestral remains held by The Field Museum.