Western Libraries Heritage Resources is pleased to be a Project Contributor on a new exhibition from the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, WA. The exhibit, entitled Grit: Asian Pacific Pioneers Across the Northwest, “uncovers the true stories of the men and women who migrated to the region from the Asia Pacific,” and “reminds us of Asian Pacific Americans’ long history of fortitude and resilience as they established communities in the Pacific Northwest.” One of the featured stories is that of Lummi/Hawaiian fiddler Charley Kahana and the exhibit includes images of Kahana drawn from the Howard E. Buswell collection at Heritage Resources’ own Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.
Grit opened on December 12, 2013 and runs through October 19, 2014. The Wing Luke is a Smithsonian Affiliate in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution.
Western Washington University is closed on state holidays and the Goltz-Murray Archives Building is closed to the public between 12 noon and 1pm. In addition to those regular closures, the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies will also be closed on the following days:
- Tuesday, December 17th (Western Libraries Staff Development Day)
- Monday, December 23rd and Tuesday, December 24th (Winter Break)
We apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 650-7534 if you wish to set up an appointment. Detailed information about CPNWS hours and scheduled closures is available here.
Western Libraries’ Heritage Resources will host a presentation featuring Lummi elder Pauline Hillaire’s new book, A Totem Pole History: The Work of Carver Joe Hillaire, which will include images and readings from the book, along with audio and video samples from its accompanying media companion, Coast Salish Totem Poles.
DATE: December 6 at 3PM
LOCATION: Wilson Library Reading Room
Joseph Hillaire (1894-1967) was one of the influential Coast Salish artists, carvers, and tradition-bearers of the twentieth century.
Join carver Felix Solomon (Lummi/Haida) and editor Gregory Fields for a richly illustrated discussion of Hillaire's life and influence. Melonie Ancheta, artist and specialist in Native Northwest Coast pigments and paint technology, will talk about her chapter "A Thin Red Line."
The book by Pauline Hillaire (Scälla - Of the Killer Whale) contains 76 photographs, including Joe's most significant totem poles, many of which Scälla watched him carve. She conveys with great insight the stories, teachings, and history expressed by her father's totem poles. Scälla prepared this historical record to encourage native artists, especially young people, to carry on traditional arts such as carving.
The book also brings the work of a respected Salish carver to the attention of a broader audience. Eight contributors to the book provide essays on topics ranging from Coast Salish art history and pigment technology to oral tradition, intercultural relations, and the central role of art in Coast Salish life.
This event is free and open to the public, and is being offered in association with Western Libraries Northwest Collection, which features works by authors, scholars, and others whose efforts have contributed significantly to an understanding of this region. For more information, contact Elizabeth.Joffrion@wwu.edu.
Western Libraries Heritage Resources offers an exciting opportunity for highly motivated and intellectually curious students to pursue an in-depth course of study that is not offered elsewhere in the curriculum. Through independent study students have an opportunity to conduct research in primary and secondary sources such as manuscripts, archives, and rare books managed by the University Archives, Library Special Collections, and/or the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. Project proposals may involve the creation of an online exhibit, documentary film, archival finding aid, annotated bibliography, biography, specialized curriculum or specialized teaching/learning tools, a research paper, or other topics or resources as proposed. A prospectus/plan for the work should be submitted in advance of registration.
Independent study proposals are developed in consultation with a WWU full-time faculty member and/or the Director of Heritage Resources. Interested students should begin consulting with their faculty mentors well in advance in order to develop a feasible project proposal. Priority will be given to thoughtful, structured topics that are not offered elsewhere in the undergraduate or graduate curriculum. Independent study requires that students design their own courses, create their own syllabi, and work closely with faculty mentors. Supervising professors will donate a great deal of time and effort, so students applying for independent study should be similarly committed to the project. Students must be in residence in order to undertake independent study projects. A three-credit independent study should involve at least one hour of student-faculty contact plus an additional eight hours of work per week. It is also possible to elect two or four credit hours with appropriate changes in workload. The number of candidates accepted each quarter will vary, based on available resources and supervisory capacity.
- Pick up a Directed Independent Study Permit from Connie Mallison in the Library Administration Office, 231 Haggard Hall.
- Working with your faculty member and member of the Heritage Resources staff, complete the permit form and attach a one-page abstract that describes goals and objectives of the Independent Study, the desired projected learning outcomes and your qualifications to undertake the proposed project, any required resources, the expectations of the faculty supervisor, and proposed evaluation criteria.
- Submit your proposal to the Director of Heritage Resources and your faculty mentor for final approval.
- Have the supervising faculty member sign the application permit. The student will submit the permit form to the Registrar.
All proposals submitted by the Add/Drop deadline will be considered.
Recommendation of an instructor from the student’s department; permission from the chair of student’s department and the Director of Heritage Resources.
For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Joffrion, Director of Heritage Resources, Western Libraries (360-650-3283 or Elizabeth.Joffrion@wwu.edu ).