A connection discovered
At the height of the Seattle Seahawks “Twelfth Man” frenzy last winter, University of Washington art history students in Burke Museum Curator Robin K. Wright’s class brought to her attention the many speculative blogs about the source of the 1970s design. Seeking to correct the record, she recalled her conversations with Curator Emeritus Bill Holm many years earlier, who identified its source as a photo of a Kwakwaka’wakw transformation eagle mask from a private collection published in Inverarity’s 1950 book on Northwest Coast art. But where was the mask?
The mask is found
We posted a blog with the photograph online where it was shared by thousands of curious Seahawks fans, Native artists, and others and within a week the photo made its way to the director of the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine. It turns out that they had known that the mask had been the source of the logo, but were unaware of the published photo. After they read our blog they put the mask on exhibit.
We need your help
To our delight, the Hudson Museum has agreed to loan us the mask for display in our upcoming exhibit, Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired, but we need your help to get it to Seattle and learn more about it!
With your support, we'll be able not only to safely transport the mask cross-country, but we'll also be able to bring two Kwakwaka’wakw community members to travel from northern Vancouver Island, B.C. to the Burke Museum to welcome and study the mask. Kwakwaka’wakw community members, Burke Museum and Hudson Museum curators are hoping this consultation will reveal more about which village the mask originally came from, which artist might have created it, how old it is, and its original ceremonial function in Kwakwaka’wakw culture.
How do we get to $14,575?
Shipping for the mask = $9,925
Secure, safe art shipping costs $6,000 each way between Maine and Seattle (and, as the mask is on short-term loan, we'll have to send it back to the Hudson Museum at the end of the exhibition). Supporters have already contributed $2,075 toward these costs through power2give.org/PugetSound.
Flights and housing = $3,125
Two Kwakwaka'wakw community members will fly from the North end of Vancouver Island, BC, to Seattle. Additionally, a representative from the University of Maine will need to be present for the analysis.
Display for the mask = $200
Once the mask is here, we'll need a place to put it! Here & Now runs from November 22, 2014, through July 27, 2015, and we need to build a display to share this historic piece of Seattle history with everyone.
Kickstarter Administrative Fees @ 5% = $662.50
Because what would life be with fees? Plus we'd like the people who run Kickstarter to continue to be able to eat, pay rent, and generally survive.
Amazon Payments Credit Card Processing Fees @ 5% = $662.50
- Total Project Budget = $14,575
It only takes 1,215 donations of $12 to reach our goal. That's less than 2% of the crowd at any of our beloved Seahawks' home games.
Risks and challenges
"Here & Now" opens on Saturday, November 22, and we need to get the mask here well in advance of that date. We'll need to give the mask time to acclimate to changes in humidity, give the experts time to study it, and get it prepared for display. Without community support today, we may not make our deadline!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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