In this article, I describe how one group of student examines indigenous identity formation as dynamic and open to reinterpretation. Drawing on field observations and interviews with students in a 16-month ethnographic study, I examine how one group of students worked toward understanding how indigenous identity was determined by curatorial authority and historically defined museum practices. I argue that students can question the traditional pedagogical conceptions of indigenous culture that ought to be reconsidered within the public museum, and that working to historicize such conceptions makes more explicit student knowledge production of identity.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Museum Anthropology in Anthropology and Education Quarterly
The new issue of Anthropology and Education Quarterly (published by the Council on Anthropology and Education, another AAA section) has just appeared on AnthroSource and it includes a paper of likely interest to Museum Anthropology readers. The lead article is "Displayed Objects, Indigenous Identities, and Public Pedagogy" by Brenda Trofanenko. AnthroSource offers the following abstract: