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Canadian Museum of Civilization curator wins prestigious award for historical writing



Canadian Museum of Civilization curator wins prestigious award for historical writing


Gatineau, Quebec, May 12, 2008 — A new publication written by a curator from the Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC)has been awarded the 2007 BC Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing. Judy Thompson’s book Recording Their Story: James Teit and the Tahltan received the honour, from the British Columbia Historical Federation at their annual awards banquet on May 10.

Recording Their Story, co-published by Douglas & McIntyre and the CMC, describes the life of one of Canada’s first ethnographers, James Teit, and his work among the Tahltan people of northern British Columbia during the first quarter of the 20th century. Teit’s connection to the Museum began in 1911, when with the participation of many Tahltan, he assembled a large and important collection of artifacts, photographs, song recordings and myths. Part biography and part catalogue of this collection, Recording Their Story reveals how the various threads of Teit’s life and work came together in his final ethnographic study.

Recording Their Story is an outstanding historical publication,” said Dr. Victor Rabinovitch, President of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation. “It is a prime example of the type of expert research that is fundamental to our Museum’s work — a contribution to public understanding of how our country developed.”

“I am honoured to receive this recognition from the British Columbia Historical Federation,” said Ms. Thompson. “Teit’s contribution to our understanding and knowledge of the Tahltan is invaluable, and I am pleased that this book can help to draw attention to his work.”

Judy Thompson joined the staff at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 1969, and since 1990, she has been Curator of Western Subarctic Ethnology. Throughout her career, she has had a particular interest in the art and material culture of Northern Athapaskan peoples, the Indigenous peoples of the western subarctic. During the past decade, Ms. Thompson has collaborated with Gwich’in and other Dene partners on several projects to revive traditional arts in basketry, bags and clothing.

Recording Their Story: James Teit and the Tahltan also received the Honourable Mention Award from the Alcuin Society for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The cover and text of the book was designed by Peter Cocking, a Vancouver-based graphic designer and design teacher who is currently art director of the Douglas & McIntyre Publishing Group.

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2008-05-

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