Understanding human--non-human relationships - Terto Ngiviu & Cunera Buijs
The majority of the great museums of the world have built large collections of magical-religious artefacts, related to healing and religious practice, which is often a tense topic. Arctic peoples are concerned for transgressions of the sacred and for codes of secrecy. For outsiders it is difficult to get a grip on what should stay hidden and what would be permissible for public eyes. Can museums be of any use in these discussions?
Cunera Buijs will present some of the material culture from the Iivi in East Greenland connected to human – non human relationships. A recently made shamans coat is explored, from fish-skin made by an Nanai artist of Southeast Siberia. It is a shelter, a house for the spirits. What do these spirits nowadays mean, how are relationships maintained and how can they been understood?
Terto and Cunera are working together to learn more about these topics.