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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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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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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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Destination Museum

A Conversation with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

Conal McCarthy

What was the first museum you remember visiting? I was born in September 1942 during the war. My parents came from Poland. Three weeks after I was born, 6,500 Jews from my father's hometown, Opatów (Apt, in Yiddish), 65% of the population

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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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Museums in the Pandemic

A Survey of Responses on the Current Crisis

Joanna Cobley, David Gaimster, Stephanie So, Ken Gorbey, Ken Arnold, Dominique Poulot, Bruno Brulon Soares, Nuala Morse, Laura Osorio Sunnucks, María de las Mercedes Martínez Milantchí, Alberto Serrano, Erica Lehrer, Shelley Ruth Butler, Nicky Levell, Anthony Shelton, Da (Linda) Kong, and Mingyuan Jiang

's well-being was mindboggling. Around the globe museums, galleries, and popular world heritage sites closed ( Associated Press 2020 ). The Smithsonian Magazine reported that all 19 institutes, including the National Zoo and the National Museum of the

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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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History between Red Brackets

The Cold War in History Museums around the Baltic Sea

Johan Hegardt

Having worked in the field of museum studies for some time, I would argue that history museums collect and display history on two levels. The first level has to do with the history that they exhibit in the museum and the historical objects that