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Tlingit Repatriation in Museums

Ceremonies of Sovereignty

Aldona Jonaitis

In 1997, Mark Jacobs Jr., the leader of the Tlingit Angoon Dakl’aweidí clan, stood in a hall at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DNMS), proudly wearing the Killer Whale Clan Hat, which was being repatriated to his clan. 1 In proper Tlingit

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Silvia Forni

By looking at the numerous small palace museums founded in the Cameroonian Grassfields since the early 2000s, this article interrogates the meaning and function of displays of objects and narratives in the shifting social, political, and economic landscape of contemporary Cameroon. Museums in postcolonial Africa stem from very specific colonial premises, which are still relevant to the understanding of national narratives and displays. However, palace museums in the Grassfields engage in a different and somewhat contrasting use of objects and collections to present a more nuanced and complicated image of local societies. Through their eclectic and non-canonical display, these museums challenge ethnographic taxonomies and linear narratives, while serving effectively as ways to enhance the visibility and prestige of local kingdoms both nationally and internationally.

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Philipp Schorch

Drawing on a narrative study of Australian visitors to the Immigration Museum in Melbourne, this article explores the hermeneutic complexities of migration encounters through the meaning-making processes of museum visitors. Throughout this process of interpretive negotiations, museum exhibitions and visitor biographies become intertwined through narratives of migration. The empirical evidence emphasizes that the humanization of migration through stories and faces renders possible an understanding, explanation, and critique of sociopolitical contexts through the experience of human beings. Migration emerges as a practice that transforms cosmopolitanism from an abstract, normative ideal into a lived, interpreted reality. This article, then, is devoted to the cosmohermeneutics of migration encounters, that is, to an experienced and thus “actually existing cosmopolitanism” (Malcomson 1998) that entangles self and other through visitors' interpretive dialectics of reflexivity and empathy. The article suggests a cosmopolitan museum practice that opens interpretive spaces for shifting subjectivities and multiple identifications across differences and commonalities.

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Integrating Research and Collections Management

The Ho‘omaka Hou Research Initiative at the Bishop Museum

Mara A. Mulrooney, Charmaine Wong, Kelley Esh, Scott Belluomini and Mark D. McCoy

Museums throughout the world house invaluable collections of cultural and natural heritage, and recent efforts to unlock the potential of existing museum collections are manifest in various ways (King, this volume). One of these is the use of

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Unpacking the Museum Register

Institutional Memories of the Potlatch Collection Repatriation

Emma Knight

, rattles, whistles, and coppers, were confiscated from the Cape Mudge Weḵa’yi, Village Island Mamalilikulla, and Alert Bay ’Na̱mǥis. 1 The collection was intended for the Victoria Memorial Museum—now the Canadian Museum of History (CMH)—in Ottawa; however

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Sonya Atalay, Nika Collison Jisgang, Te Herekiekie Herewini, Eric Hollinger, Michelle Horwood, Robert W. Preucel, Anthony Shelton and Paul Tapsell

Edited by Jennifer Shannon

authors below attest to, transformative work for all who are involved, whether they are from a museum, Indigenous community, or both. Sonya Atalay (Anishinaabe—Ojibwe) University of Massachusetts Amherst Repatriation is healing. Rituals of repatriation

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Conjunctures and Convergences

Remaking the World Cultures Displays at the National Museum of Scotland

Henrietta Lidchi

What should the mandate of prominent national museums be in today’s globalized world? Whether conceptualized as artifacts, processes, or transcultural nodes, museums worldwide are the cumulative expression of curatorial and directorial

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Analyzing Museum Collections in Scandinavia

New Insights in Revised Modernity and Its Implications on Archaeological Material

Niklas Ytterberg

. One part comprises the universities, which are predominantly theoretical. Another part consists of the museums, which mainly manage the collections but also do some research, although to varying extents. Somewhere in between we find the excavating

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Helen A. Robbins and Leigh Kuwanwisiwma

delineated by federal law, the tribe must accept, in practice, the role of the museum as primary arbiter in determining whether an item should or should not be repatriated under the law. They must also acquiesce to legally proscribed procedures that, in their

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Reassembling The Social Organization

Collaboration and Digital Media in (Re)making Boas’s 1897 Book

Aaron Glass, Judith Berman and Rainer Hatoum

, photographs, museum collections, and wax cylinders to achieve its holistic goals. The monograph’s impact was immediate; as Boas’s academic and public stature increased, and as Boas and Hunt compiled massive museum collections and publications, its reputation