The Story Box: Franz Boas, George Hunt and the Making of Anthropology
Aaron Glass, Ph.D.
TCC member Aaron Glass has curated this exhibition which explores 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). Boas is considered the “father of anthropology”.
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.