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Photographs of the War Shirts that were loaned to Glenbow and The Galt from the Pitt Rivers Museum during the summner of 2010

Subject: Conservation, Clothing and dress, Cultural property, Museums, Art, Photographs, Quill Work, Glenbow Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum, Men's clothing, Galt Museum, Conservation, Clothing and dress, Cultural property, Museums, Art, Photographs, Quill Work, Glenbow Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum, Men's clothing, Galt Museum

Transcript: The Pitt Rivers Museum loaned five Blackfoot War Shirts to the Glenbow Museum and the Galt Museum during the summer of 2010. These are high resolution photographs taken by the Pitt Rivers Museum staff before they were shipped to Canada. These shirts had not been in Blackfoot territory for over one hundred seventy years. Groups of students, Blackfoot edlers and other community members were invited to take part in handling sessions at both museums before the shirts went on display. You can visit the Pitt Rivers website about the Shirts Project here: http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/blackfootshirts The designs were made with Porcupine quills and Bulrush or Cat tail leaves. A indigenous plant of the Americas. The dye's used to colour the quills and plant material would have been made with various plants such as moss, berries and possibly ochre. These designs are a transferred right and could only be used if that person had made special accomplishments in their life. Not just anyone can make or wear a shirt like any of these. These types of shirts would only be worn for special occasions such as ceremonies or in war for protection. Only those with special transfers can make a quill design or work with quills. The person that made these shirts would have been very skilled as not just anyone would be asked to make such a shirt.

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Lea Whitford gives an interview regarding the Blackfoot Shirts Project

Subject: Ethics, Conservation, Murder, Clothing and dress, Cultural property, Art, Family History, Video recordings, Quill Work, Interviews, Glenbow Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum, Men's clothing

Transcript: Lea Whitford is a professor at the Blackfeet Community College in Browning Montana. Lea brought groups of students and community members to the Blackfoot Shirts handling sessions in both the Glenbow and Galt museums. Lea talks about the meaning for her and her students to have the opportunity to see and handle the shirts and be able to attend the conference in Oxford at the Pitt Rivers.

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Panel discussion on the museum and community implications of the Blackfoot Shirts Project.

Subject: Ethics, Conservation, Friendship, Clothing and dress, Cultural property, Repatriation, Historical preservation, Museums, Blood, Narcisse, Conaty, Gerry, Glenbow Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum, Men's clothing, Peers, Laura, Aitkens, Wendy

Transcript: Panel discussion between Narcisse Blood, Gerry Conaty, Herman Yellow Old Woman, Laura Peers and Wendy Aitkens about the impact on both the museum and the Blackfoot people working with the Blackfoot Shirts Project. Narcisse Blood is from Kainai and is an elder for the Horns and a professor at Red Crow College in the Kainai Studies Department. Gerry Conaty is the curator at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. Herman Yellow Old Woman is an elder for the Horns at Siksikaa. Laura Peers is a curator at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. Wendy Aitkens is a curator at the Galt Museum in Lethbridge.

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Quill work artist Debbie Magee Sherer talks about her art and her experiences with the shirts at the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Subject: Ethics, Gender Roles, Clothing and dress, Aamsskaapipiikani, Cultural property, Museums, Art, Video recordings, Quill Work, Pitt Rivers Museum, Men's clothing, Magee Sherer, Debbie

Transcript: Debbie Magee Sherer is a Blackfoot artist from Aamsskaapipiikani in Northern Montana. Debbie talks about her experiences with quill work and what she learned from the shirts at the Pitt Rivers Museum. Debbie is one of only a small handful that have the right to make quill work and transfer quill work.

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Martin Schultz a P.h.d student from Germany gives his opinion on Native American Plains shirts held in European museums.

Subject: Conservation, Narrative, Clothing and dress, Men's clothing, Anthropology, Museums, Art, Quill Work, Pitt Rivers Museum, Video recordings, Schultz, Martin

Transcript: This presentation by Martin Schultz, of his doctoral research on Native American Plains Shirts, reflects extensive research in European museum collections and his personal assessment of the affiliation of shirt design elements to various tribes. The elders of the Blackfoot Digital Library wish to remind viewers and listeners that Schultz's interpretations are not informed by consultation with those who have traditional knowledge of these shirts, and that any conclusions regarding their tribal affiliation should be considered tentative until such contributions have been sought, and consensus arrived at.

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Crow Foot's materials in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, England

Subject: Conservation, Clothing and dress, Hair, Siksika, Museums, Bundles, Family History, Leadership, Denny, Cecil Edward, Headdress, Headgear, Leggings, Men's clothing, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Scalp

Transcript: Cecil Edward Denny collection is currently at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, England. The majority of the collection is from Crow Foot of Siksikaa, Alberta Canada. It is not really clear how Cecil Denny received these item's wether it was through trade or a gift from Crow Foot or some other means. Tony Eccles the Curator for the Worlds Cultures Collections is currently working very closely with Siksikaa to bring the collection home for a visit. Mr. Eccles has kindly allowed the Blackfoot Digital Library use of these documents and images for educational purposes. Documents and images are not to be reproduced or published with out permission from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. You can find the Royal Albert Memorial Museums Blackfoot page here: http://www.rammworldculturesonline.org.uk/Research/Blackfoot/About/

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Group Shirt Viewing na

Subject: Conservation, Clothing and dress, Cultural property, Museums, Art, Video recordings, Quill Work, Pitt Rivers Museum, Men's clothing, Brown, Alison

Transcript: At the end of March 2011 Laura Peers and Alison Brown organized a conference relating to the 'Blackfoot Shirts Project'. This conference was to be a wrap-up to the project before the book comes out. Laura and Alison invited a group of U.K. curators from various museums and a delegation from the four Blackfoot Tribes to attend the conference. The museum representatives and Blackfoot delegates were brought together to exchange information and ideas. The majority of the conference has been video recorded for use by the Blackfoot Digital Library and for the Pitt Rivers Archives. The conference spanned two days, the thirtieth and thirty-first of March twenty eleven. The conference was held at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, England. The conference was split into two groups. One group went to see the shirts while the second attended a presentation by Alison Brown then switched. Here are all of those video's

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Wendy Aitkens' presentation at the Pitt Rivers Museum about the Blackfoot Shirts Project.

Subject: Conservation, Clothing and dress, Museums, Mass Media, Pitt Rivers Museum, Men's clothing, Aitkens, Wendy

Transcript: At the end of March 2011 Laura Peers and Alison Brown organized a conference relating to the 'Blackfoot Shirts Project'. This conference was to be a wrap-up to the project before the book comes out. Laura and Alison invited a group of U.K. curators from various museums and a delegation from the four Blackfoot Tribes to attend the conference. The museum representatives and Blackfoot delegates were brought together to exchange information and ideas. The majority of the conference has been video recorded for use by the Blackfoot Digital Library and for the Pitt Rivers Archives. The conference spanned two days, the thirtieth and thirty-first of March twenty eleven. The conference was held at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, England. Wendy Aitkens from the Galt Museum in Lethbridge, Alberta; talks about the interaction between the Galt and the Pitt River's museum's in relation to the Blackfoot Shirts Project.

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Laura Peers opens the Pitt Rivers Conference March 30, 2011

Subject: Conservation, Travel, Clothing and dress, Anthropology, Ethnology, Cultural property, Repatriation, Museums, Video recordings, Pitt Rivers Museum, Men's clothing

Transcript: At the end of March 2011 Laura Peers and Alison Brown organized a conference relating to the 'Blackfoot Shirts Project'. This conference was to be a wrap-up to the project before the book comes out. Laura and Alison invited a group of U.K. curators from various museums and a delegation from the four Blackfoot Tribes to attend the conference. The museum representatives and Blackfoot delegates were brought together to exchange information and ideas. The majority of the conference has been video recorded for use by the Blackfoot Digital Library and for the Pitt Rivers Archives. The conference spanned two days, the thirtieth and thirty-first of March twenty eleven. The conference was held at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, England. The first video is of Laura Peer's opening the conference. The second video is of Laura Peer's presentation about the Blackfoot Shirts Project.

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Fringed shirt with quilled panels on the shoulders and down the arms. Red woollen yoke edged in quills and fringes. Crow style shirt, most likely traded if found with the Blackfoot. Museum documents are unclear of where or who this was collected from.

Subject: Conservation, Clothing and dress, Cultural property, Museums, Bundles, Art, War, Photographs, Quill Work, Men's clothing, British Museum

Transcript: On March 29, 2011 A group of Blackfoot people from all four tribes travelled to London, England and surveyed the collection at the British Museum storage. The part of the collection surveyed has quill worked scalp lock and weasel tail shirts, a split horn headdress from the Horn Society, a spilt horn headdress from the Brave Dogs Society, two straight up headdress', A shield, a club, a mans saddle, a woman's dress, a Brave Dogs rattle, a toothed necklace and a pair of men's leggings with quill work on them. There is more Blackfoot materials in their collection but these are the item's that were marked as most important to see on this visit. There are item's on display in the main museum as well as more in storage. You can access the British Museum's main page and collections database: http://www.britishmuseum.org/default.aspx Photographs taken by Adrienne Heavy Head. Museum inventory document provided by the British Museum for use by the Blackfoot Digital Library. British Museum Documents are for educational use only. Not to be published without permission from the British Museum.

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