The Save Our Hide Conservation Fund was established in 2008 to allow donations to be set aside to complete conservation work on important artifacts in the Museum’s collection. The Museum has identified more than 100 objects in its collection that are in need of professional preservation and conservation; however, this work is extremely expensive and often falls by the wayside due to financial constraints. Conservation efforts supported by this fund restore objects to their former glory so they can be placed on exhibit, furthering the Museum’s mission to provide opportunities for intercultural learning.
To date, contributions to the Conservation Fund have been used to support the following projects:
- Conservation of a mid-19th century Comanche painted hide
- Conservation of a Yan ka di puppet, a ceremonial object from Mali
- Purchase of appropriate materials to create a state of the art storage environment for the entire collection
- Conservation of a pair of Barong Sai masks from Bali
- Conservation of a Pima ceramic cup
For conservation this year, the Museum staff selected a Yoruba object from Nigeria known as a house of the head, or ile ori. The Yoruba believe that the head is the seat of a life force that determines a person’s essential nature and destiny. The house of the head shrine is designed to contain a person’s inner spiritual essence. It is the focus of rituals and offerings to ensure good fortune and an ideal fate. The Museum’s house of the head is made of cloth embellished with colored glass beads.
You can support this effort by downloading this form and returning it with your donation.
Donations to the Conservation Fund are tax deductible.
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