Exhibiting Relevance in Native Museums
The past several decades have seen a surge in the creation of Indigenous and Indigenously-oriented museums as way for Native communities and nations to reclaim and tell their histories and cultures from their own perspectives. In seeking multiple audiences with varying cultural backgrounds, however, these museums have had to reckon with making their telling legible and relevant to many groups – simply stating “we are still here” is not enough. In this presentation, King will discuss how the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Haskell Indian Nations University’s Cultural Center and Museum, and the Saginaw Chippewa Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways have had to rethink and adjust their rhetorical approach to make and to keep their exhibitions relevant to their audiences.
A lecture by Lisa King (U. of Tennessee). Free and open to the public.
Workshop to precede lecture in Angell Hall 3241. Contact Scott Lyons for more details.
Sponsored by the Native American Studies Program, the Native American/Indigenous Studies Interest Group, and Museum Studies.