Inside the Collections: Pacific Peoples

The artifacts on display in the Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples represent a fraction of the 26,000 objects in the collections of the Museum’s Division of Anthropology. Join curator of Pacific Ethnology Jennifer Newell on a tour of some collections highlights, including lei niho palaoa, Hawaiian pendants made of braided human hair and whales' tooth; a carved bird head from Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island; and a whale-riding Maori ancestor figure known as Paikea. Visitors can also find a number of whale-related artifacts from the Anthropology collections on view in the Museum's special exhibition, "Whales: Giants of the Deep," now open through January 5, 2014.