This panel addresses modalities of relations between property rights (artefacts, but also land and resources) and perspectives on objects as mediators of knowledge, including ethical dimensions of policies and histories of recognition, and their potential to transform Amerindian museum practices.
Based on recent museum experiences, this panel will discuss issues related to Amerindian collections, ethnographic or otherwise, and analyze patrimonial strategies that have successfully related these objects to issues associated to broader indigenous rights claims. It also seeks to discuss recent experiences on shared curatorial and exhibition practices, fostering a debate on the premises under which current museum developments have been blurring the divide between ethnographic and art museums, or subsuming the ethnographic into the "world culture" tag. Ambitioning to create a dialogue between museum practitioners from North and South, this panel intends to address modalities of relations between property rights (artefacts, but also land and resources) and perspectives on objects as mediators of knowledge, scrutinizing the ethical dimensions intrinsic to policies and histories of recognition, and their often disregarded pragmatic potential to transform museum's practices and structures, including the quest for new self-definition and experiment with un-orthodox formal organizations. In this processes, we intend to question what are the boundaries between museology, cultural intervention and resistance, and straightforward political struggle.