Reclaiming the narrative: How UBC students helped decolonize MOA’s African collections


UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) boasts over 5,000 objects from Africa.

However, many of these objects arrived at MOA without historical and cultural context, resulting in inaccurate and incomplete descriptions in the museum’s displays and online catalogue.

Beginning in 2019, a group of UBC students had the opportunity to change that. The Decolonizing the African Collections and Displays at MOA (DAC-MOA) project was formed by Arts student Njamba Koffi (Africa Awareness Initiative), Savannah Sutherland (Black Students Union), Adam Rudder (Hogan’s Alley Society), UBC History professor Dr. David Morton, and MOA curator Nuno Porto and funded by the UBC Program for Undergraduate Research Experience.

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