Anne Ray Intern
Jordan Wilson is from the Musqueam Indian Band and is a descendent of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm-speaking peoples of the Lower Fraser River near Vancouver, British Columbia. He is a second year graduate student in the master of arts program in anthropology, museum studies stream, at the University of British Columbia (UBC). As an undergraduate, Jordan was a part-time assistant in the renewal of the permanent Coast Salish gallery at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Most recently, he independently curated an exhibit that focused on Coast Salish basketry and its historic trade at the Surrey Museum in British Columbia.
In the summer of 2012, Jordan participated in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s (NMNH) month-long Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology program where he worked directly with the collections of the NMNH as well as the National Museum of the American Indian. Jordan also spent a term abroad at the University of Tromsø in northern Norway, taking indigenous studies courses. He visited a variety of museums across arctic Scandinavia, gaining a stronger understanding of indigenous issues, particularly in the context of international politics.
Poised between pursuing further studies or employment in the field, Jordan feels his first responsibility is to become an indigenous scholar, hoping to contribute to the betterment of his own community of Musqueam, as well as the larger indigenous community. “As an indigenous youth, I feel a responsibility to take advantage of education and training available so that I can be more involved in decisions affecting our communities and our relationships with nonindigenous peoples,” Jordan states. Perceiving museums as powerful outlets for positive change, the Anne Ray internship will allow Jordan time to integrate his background in indigenous studies with museum work, as well as meet and exchange ideas with others who share a similar outlook.
While at SAR, he will work to reach these goals by spending half of his time working on collections/registration projects and the other half working on academic/education programming projects. Jordan will be in residence at SAR from September 3, 2013–May 30, 2014.
Sponsored by Anne Ray Charitable Trust