Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C., Czech Museums, Indigenous Groups Work to Find Cultural Treasures Abroad

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C., Czech Museums, Indigenous Groups Work to Find Cultural Treasures Abroad

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B.C., Czech Republic, to track First Nations art

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VICTORIA - Museum officials in British Columbia and the Czech Republic have signed an agreement to better track First Nations artifacts held beyond provincial borders.

The deal was signed between the Royal BC Museum in Victoria and the Narodni museum in Prague.

A release from the Royal BC Museum says the pact aims to build understanding of First Nations materials in both institutions' collections, as the museums share expertise and best practices.

The agreement will focus on Pacific North-West Coast collections by sharing information about cultural heritage, easing the arrangement of visits by Indigenous groups and possibly producing a joint publication.

The British Museum and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa recently reached a similar arrangement that led to the comprehensive cataloguing of Maori artistic creations held in the British Museum's collections. …

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