U’mista, in the Kwak’wala language, means the return of something or someone thought to be lost or taken. In Alert Bay and Cape Mudge, First Nations communities along the northwest coast of Canada repatriated ceremonial masks and regalia, and now have U’mista.
Candice Hopkins, a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation, is an independent curator and writer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a curatorial advisor for documenta 14. Her writings on history, art, and vernacular architecture have been published in a wide range of magazines and edited volumes. Hopkins has lectured widely, including at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Dakar Biennale and the University of British Columbia. In 2015, she received the prestigious Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art. Previously she has held curatorial positions at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, National Gallery of Canada, the Western Front and the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre.