And though this work has been interrupted by their isolation in the museum the objects can and must continue to recover their place in our culture. Furthermore, our task to awaken the repository of cultural knowledge they contain is a critical part of our own creative work.
But we realized something else as well.
Our focus cannot rest solely on the objects in the ROM collection, for they are not alone in needing to recover. This project has laid bare many of our deepest personal hurts and traumatic memories. While crafting creative responses to the objects has offered relief from the collective pain of our ancestral history, some of us have suffered in the process and continue to suffer very deeply. We must attend to the need for healing urgently.
The Uncover/Recover project has taught us that the journey to recovery will be long and difficult for the objects, our communities, and our selves. It is a journey we have now begun.