The University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology (MOA) in Vancouver has acquired an object of global historical and cultural significance. The rare ceremonial club, received by explorer Captain James Cook from a Canadian First Nation during his final voyage (1776-1779), is being donated to the museum by a leading arts philanthropist.
The club was recently purchased through a private dealer in New York, and valued at $1.2 million. It is the last remaining object from Captain Cook's personal collection that was not housed in a public museum. Thanks to the Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts, the club returns to British Columbia, where the explorer received it from the Nuu-chah-nulth people on the west coast of Vancouver Island in 1778.