Legacies of Colonialism in Museum Documentation
In examining how the technologies of museum bureaucracy – the ledger book, the card catalogue, the database – operate through a colonial lens, Cataloguing Culture shines a light on access to and the return of Indigenous cultural heritage.
Constructing Historical Consciousness
This vibrant examination of the museum’s role as contemporary narrator of our past reveals that our perceptions of history and ourselves are shaped as much by how a museum presents information as by what information it presents.
Stories of the 1929 Franklin Motor Expedition to the Canadian Prairies
The story of the Franklin Motor Expedition that collected First Nations artifacts on the Prairies in 1929 as well as a larger study of the relationships between museums and the indigenous peoples whose heritage items they house.
Haida Material Heritage and Changing Museum Practice
The story of a transformative visit by members of the Haida Nation to British museums housing their cultural artifacts.
Contributors to this volume examine the political uses--and misuses--of archaeology in the Middle East using a variety of case studies, including the Taliban's destruction of Buddhas in Afghanistan, the commercialization of archaeology in Israel, the training of Egyptian archaeology inspectors, and the debate over Turkish identity sparked by the film Troy, among other provocative subjects.
Museums, Conservation, and First Nations
What are the “right ways” to preserve heritage? Are the aims and purposes of museums necessarily at odds with those of First Nations? This thoughtful book explores the concept of museum conservation in light of cultural repatriation issues, and helps readers understand the complex relationship between museums and Aboriginal peoples.
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