Friday, May 18, 2012

Are Culturally Specific Museums a Good Thing?

Can oppressed groups resurrect their own suppressed histories through a museum?

What has been the historical role of race and ethnicity in the development of the natural history museum?

Can anthropology, which often provided intellectual cover for white supremacy, play a positive role in the "decolonization" of museum space?

These questions and more were dealt with at "(Re)Presenting America: the Evolution of Culturally Specific Museums," a symposium at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, April 25.

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