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The National Museum of the American Indian: Critical Conversations
     

The National Museum of the American Indian: Critical Conversations

by Amy Lonetree, Amanda J. Cobb-Greetham
 

ISBN-10: 0803211112

ISBN-13: 9780803211117

Pub. Date: 11/01/2008

Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback


The first American national museum designed and run by indigenous peoples, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC opened in 2004. It represents both the United States as a singular nation and the myriad indigenous nations within its borders. Constructed with materials closely connected to Native communities

Overview


The first American national museum designed and run by indigenous peoples, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC opened in 2004. It represents both the United States as a singular nation and the myriad indigenous nations within its borders. Constructed with materials closely connected to Native communities across the continent, the museum contains more than 800,000 objects and three permanent galleries and routinely holds workshops and seminar series.

This first comprehensive look at the National Museum of the American Indian encompasses a variety of perspectives, including those of Natives and non-Natives, museum employees, and outside scholars across disciplines such as cultural studies and criticism, art history, history, museum studies, anthropology, ethnic studies, and Native American studies. The contributors engage in critical dialogues about key aspects of the museum’s origin, exhibits, significance, and the relationship between Native Americans and other related museums.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803211117
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
518
Sales rank:
1,102,680
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Acknowledgements

Dedication

Introduction

The National Museum of the American Indian: Critical Conversations          

By Amy Lonetree and Amanda J. Cobb

Conversation One: History and Development

1.   A New Thing?: The NMAI in Historical and Institutional Context

By Ira Jacknis

2.   Decolonizing the Nation’s Attic: The NMAI and the Politics of Knowledge-Making in a National Space

By Patricia Pierce Erikson

3.   Concourse and Periphery:  Planning the NMAI

By Judith Ostrowitz

Conversation Two: Indigenous Methodology and Community Collaboration

4.   Critical Reflections on the Our Peoples Exhibit: A Curator’s Perspective

By Paul Chaat Smith

5.   Collaborative Exhibit Development at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian

By Cynthia Chavez

6.   The Making of ‘Who We Are’ Now Playing at the NMAI Lelawi Theater

By Beverly Singer

Conversation Three: Interpretations and Response

7.   Gym Shoes, Maps, and Passports, Oh My!: Creating Community or Creating Chaos at the NMAI?

By Elizabeth Archuleta

8.   “Indian Country” on the National Mall: The Mainstream Press vs. the NMAI

By Janet Berlo and Aldona Jonaitis

9.   What Are Our Expectations Telling Us?: Encounters with the NMAI

By Gwyneira Isaac

10.  No Sense of the Struggle: Creating a Context for Survivance at the NMAI

By Sonya Atalay

11.  (Un)disturbing Exhibitions: Indigenous Historical Memory at the NMAI

By Myla Vicenti Carpio

12.  “Acknowledging the Truth of History”:  Missed Opportunities at the NMAI

     By Amy Lonetree

Conversation Four: Questions of Nation and Identity

13.  The NMAI as Cultural Sovereignty

By Amanda J. Cobb

14.  Performing Reconciliation at the NMAI: Postcolonial Rapprochement and the Politics of Historical Closure

By Pauline Wakeham

15.  “South of the Border” at the NMAI
By Robin Maria Delugan

16.  Disrupting Past Paradigms:  The NMAI and the Canadian Museum of Civilization

By Ruth B. Phillips

17.  The NMAI and the Siting of Identity

By Mario Caro

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