Indigenous Knowledge: Shifting Narrative, Enhancing Documentation, and Changing Policy in Museum Collections

Collaborative projects and longer-term partnerships with Native American communities are setting a new tone for the ways in which museums learn from, and engage with, tribal experts, tribal leaders, and communities.  This “movement” is influencing much anticipated and overdue change in the ways in which museums steward collections of Native American materials and develop meaningful, mutually-rewarding projects, programs, and exhibitions.  Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, cultural experts, tribal leaders, artists, scholars, and other tribal resources are finding themselves at the forefront in discussions that are influencing new thought and change in museum practice.  The presentation will highlight two significant projects, Chicago’s Field Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco – de Young, who are providing opportunities for long-term collaboration with Native people.