I just stumbled across a very encouraging news story regarding the repatriation of a large petroglyph boulder from the Museum of Vancouver collection to the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation. The full(ish) story is available from a number of sources, but the brief synopsis is as follows: around 1926 the boulder, covered in petroglyphs, was removed from its place on the banks of the Fraser River and taken to Vancouver. For decades it sat in the MOV collection, ultimately ending up as a bit of moss-growing scenery in an outdoor courtyard (see MOV link above). Since 2010 members of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, MOV board members, and academics from UBC have been working to repatriate the boulder. It’s happening this week! Tomorrow (June 11th 2012) will be a ceremony at MOV, then on Tuesday (June 12th) the boulder is being loaded onto a truck and driven up country, and on Wednesday there is going to be a celebration at its new site. I offer my congratulations to everyone associated with this project, and I am very pleased that the boulder is going home. Hopefully I’ll be able to visit the new site sometime this summer.
Check out the group’s facebook page– there are some nice photos of members of the repatriation group locating the boulder’s original location.