Contesting Knowledge: Museums and Indigenous Perspectives

Contesting Knowledge: Museums and Indigenous Perspectives

by Susan Sleeper-Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803219482

ISBN-13: 9780803219489

Pub. Date: 07/01/2009

Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback

This interdisciplinary and international collection of essays illuminates the importance and effects of Indigenous perspectives for museums. The contributors challenge and complicate the traditionally close colonialist connections between museums and nation-states and urge more activist and energized roles for museums in the decades ahead.
 
The essays

Overview

This interdisciplinary and international collection of essays illuminates the importance and effects of Indigenous perspectives for museums. The contributors challenge and complicate the traditionally close colonialist connections between museums and nation-states and urge more activist and energized roles for museums in the decades ahead.
 
The essays in section 1 consider ethnography’s influence on how Europeans represent colonized peoples. Section 2 essays analyze curatorial practices, emphasizing how exhibitions must serve diverse masters rather than solely the curator’s own creativity and judgment, a dramatic departure from past museum culture and practice. Section 3 essays consider tribal museums that focus on contesting and critiquing colonial views of American and Canadian history while serving the varied needs of the indigenous communities.
 
The institutions examined in these pages range broadly from the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC; the Oneida Nation Museum in Oneida, Wisconsin; tribal museums in the Klamath River region in California; the tribal museum in Zuni, New Mexico; the Museum of the American Indian in New York City; and the District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803219489
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
374
Sales rank:
966,126
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Contesting Knowledge: Museums and Indigenous Perspectives Susan Sleeper-Smith 1

Part 1 Ethnography and the Cultural Practices of Museums The Legacy of Ethnography Ray Silverman 9

1 Elite Ethnography and Cultural Eradication: Confronting the Cannibal in Early Nineteenth-Century Brazil Hal Langfur 15

2 Ethonographic Showcases as Sites of Knowledge Production and Indigenous Resistance Zine Magubane 45

3 Reinventing George Heye: Nationalizing the Museum of the American Indian and Its Collections Ann McMullen 65

4 Ethnographic Elaborations, Indigenous Contestations, and the Cultural Politics of Imagining Community: A View from the District Six Museum in South Africa Ciraj Rassool 106

Part 2 Curatorial Practices: Voices, Values, Languages, and Traditions: Museums and Indigenous Perspectives on Curatorial Practice Jacki Thompson Rand 129

5 A Dialogic Response to the Problematized Past: The National Museum of the American Indian Miranda J. Brady 133

6 West Side Stories: The Blending of Voice and Representation through a Shared Curatorial Practice Brenda Macdougall M. Teresa Carlson 156

7 Huichol Histories and Territorial Claims in Two National Anthropology Museums Paul Liffman 192

8 The Construction of Native Voice at the National Museum of the American Indian Jennifer Shannon 218

Part 3 Tribal Museums and the Heterogeneity of the Nation-State Creation of the Tribal Museum Brenda J. Child 251

9 Tsi<$$$>niyukwaliho<$$$>tΛ, the Oneida Nation Museum: Creating a Space for Haudenosaunee Kinship and Identity Kristina Ackley 257

10 Reimagining Tribal Sovereignty through Tribal History: Museums, Libraries,and Archives in the Klamath River Region Brian Isaac Daniels 283

11 Responsibilities toward Knowledge: The Zuni Museum and the Reconciling of Different Knowledge Systems Gwyneira Isaac 303

12 Museums as Sites of Decolonization: Truth Telling in National and Tribal Museums Amy Lonetree 322

Contributors 339

Index 345

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