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Indigenous People, Anthropologists, Ethnographic Collections and Museums Transformation 
Renato Athias (NEPE at Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil))
Nuno Porto (University of British Columbia)
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Renato Athias (NEPE at Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil))
Renato Athias (NEPE at Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil))
Claudia Augustat (Weltmuseum Wien)
Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 01/020
Thursday 28 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel intends to bring experiences of anthropologists from different countries who have been engaging in a direct and continuous dialogue with indigenous people and museums to debate and rethink the way that museums represent and create narratives around them.

Long Abstract:

Currently, indigenous peoples are looking to create their own museum institutions in their indigenous lands. The notion of memory is a central issue for mobilization and constitution of their own ethnographic collections that allows them to represent themselves in the actuality, and avoid the translations that come with the museum as an institution.

In this context, it is perceived that the ethnic dynamics involved in expressing a "cosmopolitical of memory" occur through the construction of new narratives of interethnic contact. These are expressed in the way in which the indigenous peoples themselves construct an updated semantics for the meanings of their relations with national societies. In this process, at present, indigenous peoples are fighting for their own existence where each and every narrative needs to be permeated with their own memories. This clearly shows that these collectives do not need a museum to create their memory policies.

This panel therefore intends to provide an opportunity to share these experiences and the methodological strategies of collaborative projects with the indigenous people who have played an central role in the transformation of museums' narratives about them. They have done so not only in alerting, but also in creating spaces for discussion about the transformation of museums' narratives. These narratives of indigenous peoples often indicate a point of view of the colonizer, and the museums as being representatives of a national society that does not embrace the discourse of cultural diversity and of ethnic specificities.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 28 July, 2022, -