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Saving the present in Brazil: Perspectives from collaborations with indigenous museums

F Peters, R; Delgado Vieira, AC; Xavier Cury, M; (2017) Saving the present in Brazil: Perspectives from collaborations with indigenous museums. In: Proceedings of the ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference. (pp. p. 1201). International Council of Museums: Copenhagen, Denmark. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper explores some of the challenges and benefits involved in the collaboration between the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology of the University of São Paulo, the India Vanuire Historical and Pedagogical Museum, and the Kaingang people of Vanuire, as well as some of the outcomes of these partnerships, such as the creation of the Kaingang Wowkriwig Museum. These experiences showed that working in collaboration with indigenous groups can be mutually beneficial and rewarding. The benefits include opportunities to empower the Kaingang to create and manage their own museums, and to exchange more effective preservation strategies, information about manufacturing technologies, as well as the original use and significance of objects. Moreover, the significance of objects whose value had diminished was revived by the new perspectives brought about by these inclusive approaches. The paper concludes that many other museums can act as agents of these processes but a prerequisite is a reconsideration of their relationships with indigenous groups and how the past can be redressed.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Saving the present in Brazil: Perspectives from collaborations with indigenous museums
Event: ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference 2017
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Dates: 04 September 2017 - 08 September 2017
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://icom-cc-publications-online.org/Publication...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Ethnographic museums, indigenous museums, collaborations, Kaingang, conservation practices
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10043555
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