Ancestral Voices – Past and Present

Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3RX

Tel: 01392 665858

Ancestral Voices – Past and Present


Join us for an evening of global and cultural exploration and discovery as three experts discuss their unique perspectives on Indigenous people’s experiences.

6.30pm – “Climate emergency from an Amazonian perspective”
Earth’s climate is already changing. What does this mean for the world’s largest rainforest?

This talk will be presented by Vinicius Dino, anthropologist and PhD candidate in Art History, University of East Anglia.

7.15pm – “Reciprocal Visions: Native North Americans and the arts of Cultural and Colonial Encounter – a new analysis”
Anthropologist, Dr Max Carocci and art historian, Dr Stephanie Pratt, have developed a unique analysis on the roles played by historical visual media of and by Indigenous North American peoples past and present. New interdisciplinary research examines a rich visual and complex material, which shows how incomers to the North American continent, and Indigenous peoples, viewed one another. These representations are often challenged to reveal alternative stories and histories. This innovative work contributes to current debates on ethnic relations, popular preconceptions, prejudices, as well as issues of objectivity and truth.

This talk will be presented by Dr Stephanie Pratt, Dakota and Anglo-American art historian and first cultural ambassador for the Crow Creek Dakota Tribal Council at Fort Thompson, South Dakota. A former Associate Professor (Reader) of Art History at the University of Plymouth.

8pm – The Jevan Berrangé Memorial Lecture: “The day the world changed.”
The Oji-Cree lived and practiced Ahnishinahbayeshshikaywin, which outsiders call animism. The signing of Treaty 3 in 1874 completely disrupted their traditional lifeways. New farming practices, industries, railways, international treaties, and a dam ravaged the natural landscape for wood, minerals and water destroyed traditional hunting grounds, burial sites and land held sacred by the Lac Seul First Nation people, the Oji-Cree. But did their practice of animism survive?

This talk will be presented by Dr Alicia Colson, an archaeologist and ethnohistorian working with computing scientists. Alicia collaborates with indigenous peoples, NGOs and governments in Canada, UK, US, and Antigua to understand our pasts. She is a member of The Explorers Club Class of 2022 (The Explorers Club 50 – Class of 2022 | The Explorers Club). Expeditions in Namibia and Iceland encouraged her to practice citizen science. As a Wiley Digital Archive Fellow her passion to explain to the widest audiences led her to produce an ESRI StoryMap of the Ilhas de Santa Catarina, Brazil, her childhood home. Co-founder of Exploration Revealed, the Scientific Exploration Society’s digital hybrid publication with Briony Turner showcases advances in knowledge and peer-to-peer support for those engaged with scientific exploration and adventure-led expedition.

A bar will be offering a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the evening.

There will be an opportunity for informal questions and networking following the talks.

For those who cannot attend the evening in person, the talks will be live streamed via Zoom. Please select the appropriate ‘Zoom’ ticket option on the booking page – details on how to access the Zoom event will be emailed approx. 24 hours before the event. Sorry, no recording will be available.

People in possession of a ‘Zoom’ ticket will not be admitted to the museum premises on the evening – please check you are booking the correct ticket type before submitting payment.

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Ancestral Voices – Past and Present (20 Oct 2022)
Thursday18:30 - 21:00

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