All posts by Jo Anderson

The Return of the Samurai

Our awesome exhibition “Other Worlds: The Art of Atomhawk” had barely been open for two weeks before we learned that we’d have to shut the Great North Museum: Hancock down for the safety of visitors and staff alike, as we… Read more

A Whale of a Newcastle Tale – by Jo Anderson, Assistant Keeper of Archaeology

Our ethnographic collection has originated from many different sources.  Explorers, missionaries, other museums – we’ve been accepting interesting objects from around the world for centuries.  During my time researching the North American collection, I’ve discovered that some of the objects… Read more

Hunting the Caribou – by Jo Anderson, Assistant Keeper of Archaeology

For many of the First Nations living in the north of Canada, caribou was an important food source.  These large creatures, which are very similar to  reindeer in northern Europe, were hunted by many different peoples for their meat and… Read more

The Devilfish is in the detail – by Jo Anderson, Assistant Keeper of Archaeology

Ornamental bags have always been important to the native peoples of North America.  Not only did they serve a practical purpose of containing important everyday items such as tobacco or fire making equipment, their beautiful designs meant that they were… Read more

A Gift of Knowledge: discovering our Native American collections – by Jo Anderson, Assistant Keeper of Archaeology, GNM

If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come. So claim the Arapaho, a group of native Americans who live in the central United States. I can completely agree with this.  As Assistant Keeper of Archaeology at the Great… Read more