Cuba! From May 16-20 the Canadian Anthropology Society partnered with the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Universidad de Oriente in Santiago de Cuba to host the annual 2018 CASCA conference. WOW!! What an experience! A week later and I am still processing what it meant to attend this conference. I remain incredibly grateful to have met so many amazing people here and to have had the opportunity to share research during a symposium devoted to arts-based research under the umbrella of "Ethnographic Hallucinations" co-sponsored by the Center for Imaginative Ethnography. However, the conference was not all the united us in Santiago de Cuba. On the Friday of the conference a tragedy struck Cuba. A Cubana airlines flight crashed in Havana on the way to Holgin and 112 people died. This was a profoundly sobering reality for those of us visiting as Cuba entered a state of national mourning for the remainder of our conference. To be united in grief for a country in mourning is a moment that I will never forget. To be in, and learn from, Cuba as a place remains an experience that I am sure will come to shape all of our thinking in years to come. What a gift.
A first post that is also a late post! But in the webs, things live!
Please visit and share this online resource for the exhibition: There is Truth Here: Creativity and Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential and Indian Day Schools, at the Legacy Art Gallery in Victoria,BC from September 23, 2017 – January 6, 2018. Though the exhibition has come down, the work to repatriate collections of artwork created by Indigenous children while in Residential Schools across Canada continues. In addition to images of the artwork, this online resource provides information about this research, media links, and important writings from intergenerational Survivors, artists, curators, researchers, and students involved with this work. For more on this project see http://uvac.uvic.ca/gallery/truth/airs-repatriation/ and http://www.ajacketfullofstories.com/#/ridsar/