My name is Paige Hoeflich and I am a senior here at UNCW, double majoring in Anthropology and Communication Studies. I am originally from Maryland but moved to North Carolina in 2016 for school. Shortly after beginning my freshmen year, I uncovered my passion for culture and exploring cross-cultural interactions. During my time here, I have had the opportunity to study abroad, meet a ton of interesting people, complete a DIS research project on student adaptability and success, and grow both professionally and personally. My time here at UNCW has been packed full of many amazing experiences and opportunities, with my internship in the Museum of World Cultures being my current adventure!
While completing this internship I will research and uncover information about groups of artifacts from the Ancient Mesoamerica region, which will be used to expand and supplement existing records. The first set of artifacts I am working with are from ancient Veracruz, the home of the Totonac people.
Currently I am researching and composing short excerpts that will be integrated into an online exhibit at the end of internship. The three artifacts that I am currently working with are a hollow smiling figure, a warrior that also doubles as a ceremonial whistle, and a seated figure with smooth black detailing signifying it was most likely used for sacrificial purposes.
The above artifacts range from 400-700 C.E. and provide a glimpse into the cultural practices of an ancient people. Handling these artifacts is a privilege, and I aim to enhance their history and accessibility, so other people can have the same opportunity to explore the history of the Veracruz region.
This internship will help me to develop technical skills in museum registration and curation practices and provide exposure to a professional work environment before graduation. In the future I hope to work in a field that combines the skills I have learned from both my Anthropology and Communication classes. This internship provides me with the opportunity to combine both of my majors while learning new skills in a field I have never explored before. Above all else, my internship is a learning experience that will provide me with the tools and technical know-how necessary to operate as a professional in the business world.
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