The African collection contains over 5,000 artifacts with a focus on the cultures of West Africa. Collected in the 1960s, objects in the collection represent the range of West Africa's diverse cultures notably from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, the Akan speakers of Ghana, and the Bamum and Bamileke kingdoms of the Cameroon Grassfields.
The collection contains Guatemalan textiles from Central America, and feather work and household implements from South America. Collected in the 1960s, the South American collection focuses on the people of the Amazon Basin, notably the Tapirape, Caraja, Bororo, and Urubu. The feather work masks from these eastern Brazilian peoples are particularly noteworthy.
Glenbow's wonderful collection from Papua New Guinea is focused on the Wosera, Abelam, and Middle Sepik areas with smaller collections from the Highlands, Trobriand Islands, and other regions. The collection also includes items from other islands in Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia.
Glenbow Museum is fortunate to have received a significant collection of monumental religious sculptures from the Bumper Development Corporation Ltd. of Calgary, giving an excellent overview of Hindu and Buddhist art from India, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, Cambodia, Thailand, Korea, Japan, China, and Indonesia. With this gift we can reflect on the beauty and diversity of the artistic traditions of Asia, and learn about the people who continue to follow these traditions today. Glenbow also has ethnographic collections from Indonesia, Borneo, and other regions of South, Southeast, and East Asia.
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