The conference will deal with how museums and their visitors make meaning from artifacts for research and exhibits. Session topics include: an overview of material history in Canada, traditional meanings attached to First Nation beadwork, First Nation furniture decoration, artifacts as icons for religious and ethnic groups, how museums use artifacts for research and making meaning for our visitors, and the creation and use of a database of artifacts held by institutions outside the Yukon. A day-long hands-on session with a variety of artifact groupings will apply an artifact analysis model.
The intended audience is museum and other heritage field workers, teachers, writers, and history buffs in general.
Registration form can be printed from the Yukon Historical & Museums Association website www.yukonalaska/yhma/index.htm . YHMA members $35, non-members $65 (American registrants pay in US funds). Two light lunches are included in the registration.
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