Projects

10 November 2020

Clothing a Tradition: Endangered Tibetan Material Knowledge in Exile

Venerable Phuntsok Tsering, is the Nabza’ Chenmo, or the Dalai Lama’s personal tailor. Since 1959, he has been responsible for […]

10 November 2020

Oga Pysy: Guarani and Kaiowá Ceremonial Houses in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

This project will document the material processes and technical knowledge through which Guarani and Kaiowá ceremonial houses (Oga Pysy) are constructed, the local […]

10 November 2020

Documenting Knowledge, Skills, and Practices of Dry-Stone Masonry at Great Zimbabwe

This project seeks to document the knowledge, skills and practices of traditional dry-stone masonry at Great Zimbabwe, southern Zimbabwe. Once […]

10 November 2020

Documenting Endangered Foodway Heritage of the Baobab Tree Among the Mijikenda of Coastal Kenya

The baobab tree is surrounded by a rich foodway culture among the Mijikenda of coastal Kenya. The leaves are a […]

10 November 2020

The Impact of War and the Survival of Tradition: Documenting Zande Slit-Drums (Gugu) in South Sudan

This project will document the production, uses and cultural significance of the Zande ‘gugu‘ (slit drum or gong) in South […]

10 November 2020

Andean Potter’s Knowledge: Ceramic Production, Circulation and Use in Southern Ecuador and Northern Peru

This regional scale project seeks to produce photographic, audio, video, and descriptive record of the material knowledge of the potters […]

10 November 2020

Ende Material Knowledge: Carrying Water, Yams, and Messages

The Ende tribe of Western Province, Papua New Guinea possess and make use of a huge trove of knowledge about […]

10 November 2020

The Earthen and Organic Materials Technologies of Banda, Ghana

Until recent decades, daily life in Banda, Ghana was configured through earthen and organic technologies ranging from woven mats on […]

10 November 2020

Feminine Textile Knowledge in Souss-Massa, Southern Morocco

This project aims to document textile production and use in Souss-Massa, southern Morocco, where women have long produced textiles for both […]

10 November 2020

Recording the Knowledge of Traditional Potters from Vietnam: A Historical Perspective

In Vietnam, the production of pottery vessels has undergone many changes over the last thirty years, due to the economic […]

10 November 2020

Making Things from Animals: Leather Technologies of the Kalahari

Until the nineteenth century, nearly all forms of clothing used across the Kalahari were derived from animals. Precolonial trade in […]

10 November 2020

Burden Camels in Somaliland: Disappearing Skilled Practices and Material Heritage

In Somaliland, the camel is the iconic animal. It is bred and kept as economic capital, used for social transactions, […]

10 November 2020

Traditional Pottery-Making: An Endangered Indigenous Technology in the Gimbi Region of Ethiopia

This project sets out to document the chaîne opératoire of Oromo pottery spanning from the learning network to the production […]

10 November 2020

Last of the Bemba Bark Cloth Makers, Zambia

Bark fibre was, until the early 20th century, the traditional material for making clothing and containers among communities in northern […]

10 November 2020

The Documentation of the Manufacture of Ostrich Eggshell Beads Among the El Molo Community, Kenya

This project will use video clips, audio files, photographs, and field notes to document the manufacture, use of ostrich eggshell […]

10 November 2020

The Wanigela Potters: Patterns of Production and Change

The women of Wanigela, Collingwood Bay, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea are known in the region for making distinctive cooking pots which are exchanged, one for one, for netbags, barkcloth and mats in long standing regional networks. Using […]

15 October 2019

From Seeds to Rags: Textile Production in Dendi and Borgou (North Benin)

The project aims primarily at documenting cotton cloth production in North Benin, from cotton growing activities to thread production (ginning, […]

15 October 2019

Som: Shell Money of northern Vanuatu

In the islands of Melanesia, people have developed extremely complex value and exchange systems that seem to work like currencies. […]

15 October 2019

Paper people – making clothing from paper in Japan

This project will translate, record, articulate, preserve, and disseminate craft knowledge related to paper clothing (kamiko) made from sheets of […]

15 October 2019

Documenting the Endangered Traditional Broom and Fibre Rope Crafts of the Urhobo People of Nigeria

The traditional natural broom and fibre rope crafts of the Urhobo people of Nigeria are highly endangered by the introduction […]

15 October 2019

Documenting the Instrument and Instrument-making of Angkuoch, Cambodian Mouth Harp

Fewer than ten living instrument-makers of the mouth harp angkuoch are known across Cambodia, and the process of making the instrument […]

15 October 2019

Ethnic minorities and threatened materialities in Western Ethiopia

The borderland between Sudan and Ethiopia has historically been a refuge to an extraordinary diversity of indigenous groups that still […]

15 October 2019

Wooden reed making of the ethnic Lao Khrang in Thailand

Reed, a comb-like element of a weaving loom which is responsible for separating warp and beating weft yarn, is one […]

15 October 2019

Material Culture of Batek Hunter-Gatherers in Pahang State, Malaysia

The Batek are hunter-gatherers who dwell in lowland rainforest across the states of Terengganu, Kelantan, and Pahang in Peninsular Malaysia, […]

15 October 2019

Museum, Community and Object: An ethnography of Sarawak native blades in a temporal and spatial milieu

This research aims to document technological aspects of Bidayuh, Iban and Penan native blades and, changes occurring with them. A […]

15 October 2019

Histories of Honey: Material Practices of Beekeeping in the Cherangani Hills, Kenya

This project aims to document the dwindling practice of beekeeping amongst the Sengwer communities living in the Embobut Forest, western […]

15 October 2019

Research and Digitization of Indigenous Gold Forging in Ghana

We will study, document and digitize over a period of one year, from September 1, 2019 to August 21, 2020, […]

15 October 2019

West African wild silks techniques: Preserving Marka-Dafing’s heritage of knowledge

For centuries, Indigenous wild silks have been traded across West Africa and used in Marka-Dafing’s textiles production in the Mouhoun […]

1 October 2019

Digitization of glass bead-making, use and meaning in Ile-Ife, Southwestern Nigeria

This project aims to digitize the glass bead making process in Ile-Ife, Southwest Nigeria, in order to produce a digital […]

30 September 2019

Upper Xingu Material Culture in the Past, Present and Future: Collaborative Documentation of a Multiethnic Tradition in Brazilian Amazonia

The Upper Xingu (Mato Grosso, Brazil) is an area of exceptional ecological, socio-historical and cultural diversity in Amazonia, which is […]

27 September 2019

Apprehending asapan: documenting the Turkana initiation ceremony

Asapan, the initiation ceremony of the pastoral-nomadic Turkana of northern Kenya, is a ceremony that draws together an extraordinary array […]