The Changing Presentation of the American Indian: Museums and Native Cultures / Edition 1

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Overview


Museums--along with books, newspapers, and Wild West shows in the 19th century, movies and television in the 20th--have shaped our perceptions of American Indians. This book brings together six prominent museum professionals--Native and non-Native--to examine the ways in which Indians and their cultures have been represented by museums in North America and to present new directions museums are already taking.

Traditional museum exhibitions of Native American art and culture often represented only the past, ignoring the living Native voice. Today, museums have begun to incorporate Native perspectives in their displays. Even more dramatic is the growth in the number of Indian-run museums. These essays explore the relationships being forged between museums and Native communities to create new techniques for presenting Native American culture. This publication will serve to stimulate the discussions and analyses that can lead to new partnerships and collaborations.

W. Richard West, Jr., is the founding director of the National Musem of the American Indian. Other contributors include Richard Hill, Sr., Michael M. Ames, Janice Clements, Evan M. Maurer, James D. Nason, David W. Penney, and Jocelyn Wedll.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295984599
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,326,462
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A New Idea of Ourselves: The Changing Presentation of the American Indian 7
Ch. 1 Presenting the American Indian: From Europe to America 15
Ch. 2 "Our" Indians: The Unidimensional Indian in the Disembodied Local Past 29
Ch. 3 The Poetics of Museum Representations: Tropes of Recent American Indian Art Exhibitions 47
Ch. 4 The Integration of Traditional Indian Beliefs into the Museum at Warm Springs 67
Ch. 5 Are Changing Representations of First Peoples in Canadian Museums and Galleries Challenging the Curatorial Prerogative? 73
Ch. 6 Learn About Our Past to Understand Our Future: The Story of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe 89
Appendices 99
Contributors 109
Index 113
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