Ritual Processes of Repatriation

A Discussion

in Museum Worlds
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  • 1 University of Colorado Boulder jshannon@colorado.edu
  • 2 University of Massachusetts Amherst satalay@umass.edu
  • 3 Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llnagaay, Skidegate nika@skidegate.ca
  • 4 Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa TeHerekiekieH@tepapa.govt.nz
  • 5 Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History hollingere@si.edu
  • 6 Eastern Institute of Technology MHorwood@eit.ac.nz
  • 7 Brown University robert_preucel@brown.edu
  • 8 University of British Columbia anthony.shelton@ubc.ca
  • 9 University of Otago paul.tapsell@otago.ac.nz
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ABSTRACT

What do those who participate in repatriation—on behalf of the museums and the communities to whom there is return—most want people to know about it? Nine prominent scholars provide short commentaries in response to this special section on the ritual processes of repatriation. The discussants are museum professionals, Indigenous community members, repatriation claimants, and repatriation officers; these are not mutually exclusive categories. They discuss the transformative power of repatriation on museums, communities, and our individual selves, and provide models for appropriate cultural practice and how to demonstrate respect. Their contributions call us to ceremony, to restorative justice, to engage in repatriation, and to witness how it has changed them.

Museum Worlds

Advances in Research

  • Kreps, Christina. 2008. “Appropriate Museology in Theory and Practice.” Museum Management and Curatorship 23 (1): 2341.

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