The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is working with Humanities Guahan to collect objects from Guam, which will become part of the Te Papa’s Pacific cultures collection. The co-collecting project will focus specifically on the culture of Guam’s indigenous Chamorro people. including works by master carvers, weavers, and blacksmiths. Te Papa Pacific curators Sean Mallon and Nina Tonga traveled to Guam in May to work with the council.
“We are honored to be embarking on this co-collecting project to promote a presence of Chamorro art at Te Papa. This collaboration expands our efforts to present programs that reflect Guam’s place in a larger Pacific community,” said Kimberlee Kihleng, Humanities Guahan executive director.