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First Nations people mining the museum*: A case study of change at the Glenbow Museum


2003 2003

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Abstract (summary)

This thesis is an examination of the representation of First Nations cultures at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Canada. Focusing on public display, I look at four in-house exhibitions that illustrate some of the decolonizing strategies Glenbow has employed following the controversial exhibition in 1988, The Spirit Sings: Artistic Traditions of Canada's First Peoples and the subsequent Task Force Report, Turning the Page: Forging New Partnerships Between Museums and First Peoples, released in 1992. I engage the concept of museumism as a strategy used in all four exhibitions, an approach that uses the museum as a format to reclaim and revise history and shifts museological practices that once negated Aboriginal knowledge and protocol. Aboriginal participation in exhibition development has reclassified the museum from interpreter and preserver to facilitator and collaborator. The Museum is transformed into a space for dialogue where issues of representation, consultation, access and self-determination can be played out and anticipates a future of mutual goals and shared histories.

*The phrase “Mining the Museum” is borrowed from Lisa G. Corrin., ed., Mining the Museum: An Installation by Fred Wilson (New York: The New Press, 1994).

Indexing (details)


Subject
Art History;
Cultural anthropology
Classification
0377: Art History
0326: Cultural anthropology
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Alberta
Title
First Nations people mining the museum*: A case study of change at the Glenbow Museum
Author
Hoang, Quyen
Number of pages
115
Publication year
2003
Degree date
2003
School code
0228
Source
MAI 42/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780612839342, 0612839346
Advisor
Acland, Joan
University/institution
Concordia University (Canada)
University location
Canada
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
MQ83934
ProQuest document ID
305295285
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305295285/abstract
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