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Weaving a New Shared Authority: The Akwesasne Museum and Community Collaboration Preserving Cultural Heritage, 1970-2012

Abstract Museums reflect power relations in society. Centuries of tradition dictate that museum professionals through years of study have more knowledge about the past and culture than the communities they present and serve. As mausoleums of intellect, museums developed cultures that are resistant to relinquishing any authority to the public. The long history of museums as the authority over the past led to the alienation and exclusion of many groups from museums, particular indigenous communities. Since the 1970s, many Native groups across the United States established their own museums in response to the exclusion of their voices in mainstream institutions. As establishments preserving cultural material, tradition, and history, tribal museums are ... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Heisinger, Meaghan E. (Author) / Fixico, Donald (Advisor) / Szuter, Christine (Committee member) / Warren-Findley, Jannelle (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject History / Museum studies / Native American studies / Akwesasne / Iroquois / Shared Authority / Tribal Museums
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 271 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. History 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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