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Rewriting the Script

Te Papa Tongarewa the Museum of New Zealand

Amiria Henare

The national Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa was comprehensively restructured in the 1990s in accordance with new government policies of ‘biculturalism,’ designed to reformulate relations between indigenous Maori and descendants of colonial settlers. This article, which traces the development of the new Museum, is a case study, not only of contemporary cultural politics in a settler society, but also of the impact of discursive theory on museums. Te Papa has embraced critical literature and has incorporated into its exhibitions notions derived from literary theory, such as subversion, deconstruction, and ‘play.’ ‘Biculturalism’ may be seen as another rhetorical device, one that effects a conceptual separation between Maori and non-Maori that is given form in the Museum’s physical structure and operations. This article considers how cultural policy shapes museum practice, and questions whether biculturalism is an effective strategy in terms of its stated aim of supporting Maori self-determination and a (cultural and political) ‘partnership’ with Pakeha, New Zealanders of European descent.

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Conjunctures and Convergences

Remaking the World Cultures Displays at the National Museum of Scotland

Henrietta Lidchi

political decision to support a new national museum in Edinburgh was made in 1990 in London by an unsympathetic Conservative government (unpopular and unsupported in Scotland). Few could have anticipated that the opening date would coincide with the transfer

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Repatriation as Inspiration

Multigenerational Perspectives on American Archaeology-Museum Relationships

April M. Beisaw and Penelope H. Duus

Museum Archaeologists (1989 to 2015) Not all American repatriation has been based in NAGPRA. Repatriations began before its passage and Heye’s MAI collections are subject to their own repatriation law. In 1989, a congressional act created the new National

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Hinemihi o te Ao Tawhito

How a Māori Meeting House in England cultivated relationships and understanding

Michael Upchurch

of social and political change in the New Zealand of the 1970s and 1980s. 10 This transformation will have had a bearing on the approaches to the National Trust of those Māori communities associated with Hinemihi . As the new national museum, Te

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Greagh Smith, Conal McCarthy, Bronwyn Labrum, Ken Arnold, Dominique Poulot, Jill Haley, Jun Wei, and Safua Akeli Amaama

founding chief executive of the new national museum, which merged the National Museum and the National Art Gallery to create the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa ( Stuff 2017 ; Te Papa n.d. ). Baldwin and Ackerson give readers a solid stepping