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Göttingen Visit
25- 27 July 2011

Arawa visitors in Cambridge

June 2011

Cook collections: research breakthrough at the British Museum

Cook First Voyage collections: research visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum

Ngai Tamanuhiri in Cambridge

September 2010

Sainsbury Research Unit collaboration

Funding excellence

August 2010

Pacific Arts Association Xth International Symposium

DiSCO Workshop

July 2010

Research seminar: Digital Subjects, Cultural Objects

June 2010

Introductory talk for TATAU: Symmetry, Harmony and Beauty

MAA hosts Semisi Fetokai Potauaine

EXHIBITION – Tatau: Samoan Tattooing / Global Culture

January 2010

Visit to Uawa


American Museum of Natural History, New York
Billie Lythberg, April 2013

Photos by Billie Lythberg, courtesy of AMNH.

Photo by Billie Lythberg, courtesy of NY Historical Society.

In April 2013, fifteen members of Toi Hauiti visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York, accompanied by Research Associate Billie Lythberg. The purpose of their visit was to help facilitate, document and disseminate the results of their week-long reconnection with Paikea, a tekoteko (carved wooden figure) from the top of a whare (house) belonging to Te Kani-a-Takirau, an ancestor of their Te Aitanga a Hauiti people (AMNH Catalog No: 80.0/ 615).

Toi Hauiti’s visit was facilitated by Dr Jenny Newell, AMNH Curator for Oceania and an Affiliated Researcher on the Artefacts of Encounter project. Prior to traveling to AMNH Billie was commissioned to write a review of the anthropology department’s database for the Journal of Museum Ethnography, which centered on searches conducted in order to locate Paikea. [1]

While at the AMNH, Toi Hauiti gave educational presentations to school groups, museum staff and members of the public. They engaged their audiences across generational and cultural divides, using interactive action songs and a reenactment of the generations connecting them to Paikea. Audiences were thus prompted to exercise their own creativity and imagination in order to understand the significance of Paikea to his present day Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti descendants.

Toi Hauiti also visited the AMNH anthropology stores, examining objects and offering information to AMNH staff. Whilst in the stores, Billie was able to study specimens of Tongan barkcloth, and has since consulted No‘o Fakataha Tongan artists collective about these. She has submitted a short article about one item in particular to the AMNH anthropology department, entitled: ‘Ko e Bale o Masiu: The Prize of Masiu (AMNH 80.0/ 9203)’.

Billie later visited the beautiful library of the New York Historical Society to document yet another barkcloth book, this one part of the series published by Alexander Shaw in 1787.

1 Lythberg, B. ‘Anthropology Collections Database’, in Journal of Museum Ethnography, 26 (2013), pp. 181-186.