Diving into the astounding 50.000 piece ethnographic collection of Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, ethnographica.net puts thought to things, items, and artefacts originating from all over the world, having been collected since the 1950s. Each piece tells a story of its own, more or less known, and forming a space for letting more items come to light, ethnographica.net aims at extending ethnographers’ original field notes, scribbles, and jottings into visually inspiring input. We bring hidden stories to life.

Encouraging information sharing about the collection’s pieces, we wish to inspire visually and informally the thinking through things in their beauty, horror, amusing features as well as purposes and meaning for the people from which they have been collected. With this, we hope to spur the enthusiasm of things and their storytelling and thought provoking abilities.

The site is run by Cecil Marie Schou Pallesen, PhD and curator at the Ethnographic Department of Moesgaard Museum. ethnographica.net adds to the anthropological tradition of thinking through things, offering a creative and informal space for exploring exactly what the blog’s title suggests – ethnographica of lost and current times.

Welcome to the blog of ethnographica digitalized – share, enjoy, and explore! And feel free to contact us at any time at csp@moesgaardmuseum.dk.

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