as recently as the 1970s, doors
of ethnology museums were often shut to indigenous peoples. The
National Museum of Ethnology (NME) in Leiden, the Netherlands, has
contributed in changing this situation by inviting leading
indigenous as well as non-native professional experts in the field.
The discussions during the 'expert meeting' have now resulted in the
Knowledge & Cultural Heritage: First Nations of the Americas.
NME has invited professionals from the Americas and Europe to explore
and discuss case studies based on fieldwork, material culture and/or
work with indigenous communities in Greenland, the Canadian Arctic,
North America and Central and South America. One central question was
how can true collaboration develop, within the practical, ethical and
political constraints of the museum context? In other words how can
one move from a one-way monologue to a two-way dialogue?
Knowledge & Cultural Heritage
testifies to the growing commitment of museum professionals in the
twenty-first century to share collections with the descendants of
people and communities from whom the collections originated. The
recent publication consists of sixteen papers on this subject,
presenting various case studies. It also contains the discussions
from the 'expert meeting' that show the interaction and the exchange
of knowledge between the indigenous guests and the non-native museum
Knowledge and Cultural Heritage: First Nations of the Americas.
Studies in Collaboration with Indigenous Peoples from Greenland,
North and South America
by Laura van Broekhoven, Cunera Buijs & Pieter Hovens
Mededelingen van het Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde no. 39
No. pages: 244
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