Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia

Dance tunic. Haida, British Columbia, Canada. Before 1962? Image © UBC Museum of Anthropology. Photographed by Jessica Bushey.

The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and Artstor have released approximately 75,000 images of art and cultural objects from the museum’s  permanent collection. 

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is a place of world arts and cultures, with an emphasis on the First Nations peoples and other communities of British Columbia. The Museum is built on traditional, ancestral, unceded land of the Musqueam people, and strives to maintain its close relationships with cultures in British Columbia and from around the world.  Founded in 1947 and housed in the Arthur Erickson-designed, cliffside structure since 1976, the museum includes more than half a million objects, both ethnographic and archeological, with an emphasis on West Coast and First Nations, and Haida people. Nonetheless the collection is global, including a high percentage of Asian objects, South Pacific, and even some European arts.

MOA’s status as both a public and a research and teaching museum provides a range of exhibitions and events that cut across traditional disciplinary divisions. The Museum collaborated with First Nations and other global communities arranging works according to Indigenous criteria where engagement is possible.

MOA is a partner in the Reciprocal Research Network, a knowledge-sharing cooperative that holds hundreds of thousands of cultural items from more than 25 institutions, and that continues to be co-developed with local First Nations. 

This collection provides a comprehensive resource on the art of First Nations and other indigenous peoples, as well as Anthropology and Identity Studies. 

View the collection in the Artstor Digital Library.