Hola! Have I ever mentioned that I love my classes this term?
Here’s one of the reasons why: My English professor, Gudrun Dreher, took us on a “field trip” to UBC’s Museum of Anthropology! It was a refreshing change from textual analysis in our little classroom in Buchanan D.
The MOA (Museum of Anthropology) can be found in the northern part of campus, on Northwest Marine Drive (past the rose garden). It’s a beautiful building when you look at it from the back, but when you’re coming in from the front it does’t look like much at all. There’s some very pretty landscape around the museum, although I don’t understand why there are sprinklers in the middle of the pond.
Inside are a lot of artifacts from different cultures; most notably, Northwest First Nations cultures*. When I say “a lot”, I really mean a lot. You could easily spend an entire day looking at the all the displays and reading descriptions. I’m not a museum person myself, but I actually found that there were a lot of things that attracted my attention. Those masks were pretty freaky! I want to borrow one for Halloween.
But because it’s an English class, there’s another big assignment we have to do. Urgh.
I’m glad she made us go to the MOA, though, because otherwise I probably wouldn’t have gone on my own. Going to the museum is another thing that all UBC students should do (is it just me, or do I do recommendations a lot?).
So when you have time (and I mean when you’re not cramming for midterms), go!
*They have Bill Reid’s Raven and the First Men! It’s one of my favourite sculptures 😀