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Chanel Clarke

Editorial Board Member


Chanel Clarke is of Māori descent and has tribal affiliations to Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Porou and Waikato-Tainui.  She is currently Curator Māori at the Auckland Museum, New Zealand and was previously the Ethnology Curator at the Waikato Museum of Art and History. Trained as a historian, her research interests are the social and cultural aspects of Māori dress and textiles in both customary and contemporary contexts.  Her most recent curatorial project was a digital crowd sourced exhibition that focused on T-shirt culture in New Zealand.  She is currently undertaking her PhD in Clothing and Textiles Sciences at the University of Otago, Dunedin.  With an interest in cross cultural encounters and indigenous comparative history, she is investigating the sartorial diplomacy employed by Māori leaders in the 19th century on the global stage. She works at the interface of object-based dress history, indigenous museum curatorship and material culture and has published and taught in these areas.