This year, the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) received an extraordinary gift of jewellery and art from the Estate of Dr. Margaret “Marmie” Perkins Hess.
Dr. Hess was a great supporter of, and advocate for Inuit and First Nations art and artists, and shared her extensive knowledge with students and scholars alike.
Throughout her lifetime, Dr. Hess gave selflessly of her time and expertise. She supported students across Canada by donating to scholarship and endowment funds and inspired many through her love of learning and by sharing important pieces of her collections with the community.
Dr. Hess was recognized for her contributions through numerous honorary degrees, awards and accolades, including being named an Officer of the Order of Canada and receiving a Certificate of Merit from the World Who’s Who of Women. She was also gifted with the honorary Inuit name, Angauka Nu Natsiut.
MOA is renowned for its outstanding collections, innovative exhibitions, research, teaching and educational programming. The addition of this gift furthers MOA’s reputation as a place of world arts and cultures with a special emphasis on the First Nations peoples and other cultural communities of British Columbia, Canada.