On June 17, 2006 a group of 14 members of the O.C. AIA Society traveled to San Diego's Balboa Park to participate in a tour of the Museum Of Man. We all met at the Prado Restaurant for lunch. Russ Block, Director of Trips & Tours had arranged for the museum's Director, Dr. Mari Lyn Salvador, to give a personal guided tour of a fascinating exhibit on the Kuna Indians of Panama. Dr. Salvador had done her PhD. dissertation on the Kuna Culture and had set up this award winning exhibit. The highlight of this exhibit are the magnificent hand crafted Molas, made by the Kuna Indian women over the last century. The Molas evolved and replaced traditional body paint and tattoos, applied to the female skin of their ancestors, prior to the 19th century.
Grace Johnson, Curator of Latin American Cultures, gave the AIA members a wonderful tour of the Collections Department [ backroom ] on the museum. This included the artifacts Receiving & Cataloging Lab, the artifact Preservation Lab, and storage facilities for hugh collections of pottery, vases, fabrics, baskets, sculpture, and cultural material items from all over the world. Members were allowed to open drawers and view fabulous cultural items that only Anthropology researchers have access to. It a wonderful learning experience.
The following photos show some of the Society members who went on this trip: (1) sitting on a fountain outside the Prado Restaurant; (2) Dr. Mari Lyn Salvador leading our tour of her Kuna Culture exhibit; and (3) Grace Johnson showing us the artifact Preservation Lab.