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May 30, 2006

Burke Museum Awards Grants to Four Native American Researchers

SeattleFor the first time, the Burke Museum has awarded grants to visiting artists and researchers through the museum’s Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art. Four Native American artists and researchers, Mique'l Askren, Mike Dangeli, Lisa Telford, and Shauna Colbert were awarded funding to use the Burke Museum’s “nationally recognized ethnology collection,” paper archives, and photographic archives to conduct research on Northwest Coast Art.

This Spring, Lisa Telford, a Haida weaver from Everett, Washington, used her grant to study the Northwest Coast basketry in the Burke’s collection, along with her Haida apprentice, Shauna Colbert. Mique'l Askren, a Tsimshian and Tlingit graduate student in art history at the University of British Columbia will focus her research on the Metlakatla material in the Ethnology collection as well as the historical photographs in the Ethnology Archives for her master's thesis on the work of a late 19th-century Tsimshian photographer named Benjamin Alfred Haldane from her hometown of Metlakatla, Alaska. Mike Dangeli is a Nisga'a artist from Vancouver, B.C. who works in many different media including wood, leather/hide, canvas, bone, and paper. Dangeli will focus his research on the 19th-century northern Northwest Coast collection at the Burke.

The Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art was established at the Burke Museum in 2003 to continue Bill Holm's legacy at the Burke Museum, which has made it one of the premier centers for the study of Native arts in the United States. Bill Holm, Professor Emeritus of Art History, and Curator Emeritus of Northwest Coast Indian Art at the Burke Museum, is recognized internationally as one of the most knowledgeable experts in the field of Northwest Coast Native art history. For more information about the Bill Holm Center, visit www.billholmcenter.org.

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