Bob Boyer: His Life's Work
In First Nations’ communities, there are real, old and living museum entities. For many old and sacred collections, known as bundles, there is a curator. These bundles are stored with traditional curators who care for them in a traditional way until they are called for by the community. When there is need for them in ceremony, dance, or feast, these traditional curators are contacted in a good way to bring out the bundles to be used and displayed for the people.
— Bob Boyer, artist’s statement, Bob Boyer: Connections to Collections (Calgary: Glenbow Museum, 1999).
While I am not a traditional curator in the sense that Bob means, I am honoured to curate this exhibition of Bob’s life’s work. As a curator, I honour this bundle with love and care. As a writer, I share my perspective on Bob’s work through a prism of love and respect for a dear friend.