Carol Mayer, head of the curatorial department at UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA), is available to speak about the connection between Vanuatu and MOA.
Vanuatu, a archipelago in the South Pacific, was recently devastated by Cyclone Pam. Communication with the remote island nation has been challenging following the savage storm.
MOA houses a small but important collection of Vanuatu artifacts that link MOA with Vanuatu and early B.C. history. It the oldest Pacific collection in Canada. Mayer has also worked in Vanuatu and is in touch with people there. She recently co-authored a book, entitled “No Longer Captives of the Past,” which tells the story of the relationship between MOA and Vanuatu and may be the last record of a village on the Vanuatu island of Erromango before it was hit by Cyclone Pam.