Tuesday, November 25, 1997
Morning Session of the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting
Great Hall of the Museum of Anthropology
University of British Columbia
Upon arrival at the University of British Columbia President Clinton will sign a commemorative scroll before
proceeding to a brief reception in the Ceramics Gallery.
Issues that are likely to be addressed at the morning session include sustainable development and infrastructure
matters as well as efforts to manage the globalization of domestic economies, the need to build domestic constituencies
for trade liberalization and the future of the world trading system.
Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia
The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) houses one of the world's finest displays of Northwest Coast First Nations art
in an award-winning building overlooking mountains and sea. Designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson, its
concrete and glass structure is inspired by the post-and-beam structures of Northwest Coast First Nations. MOA's
Great Hall displays huge totem poles, feast dishes, and canoes of the Kwakwaka'wakw, Nisga'a, Gitksan, Haida and
Coast Salish peoples, while the Masterpiece Gallery exhibits carved works in silver, gold, stone, and wood. The
outdoor sculpture complex includes two Haida Houses and ten poles and features the work of some of the finest
contemporary First Nations artists of the Northwest Coast.
The Museum has the world's largest collection of works by Haida artist Bill Reid. These include Reid's famous
sculpture in cedar, The Raven and the First Men, two large sculptures in the Great Hall-Bear and Sea Wolf (Wasco)
-as well as a number of smaller works in the Masterpiece Gallery and Research Collections. In 1994, the Museum
opened a new permanent display of his smaller works in gold, silver, wood and argillite. The Koerner Ceramics
Gallery features a 600-piece collection of 15th to 19th century European ceramics, as well as specially commissioned
ceramics and textiles by contemporary Vancouver artists.
The Museum's extensive Visible Storage Galleries makes more than 15,000 objects from the collections accessible
to the public. Arranged according to culture and use, the Visible Storage Galleries invite individual exploration,
comparison, and contrast of materials from cultures from all over the world.