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978-0-7591-2337-3 • Hardback • October 2014 • $102.00 • (£78.00)
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Raney Bench has a Bachelors of Art in Native American Studies and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies. She has worked with Native communities and small museums throughout the United States for almost 20 years.
Chapter 1 Knowing the History: A brief history of federal Indian policy
Chapter 2 Getting Started
Chapter 3 Consultation with Tribes and Advice from the Field, by Kelli Mosteller and R. Blake Norton
Chapter 4 Building Partnerships and Authority Sharing
Case Study: Native Voices: A permanent gallery at the Natural History Museum of Utah, by Becky Menlove
Chapter 5 Taking Responsibility for Museum History and Legacy, and Promoting Change in Collections Management.
Case Study: The Abbe Museum: Seeking A Collaborative Future through
Decolonization, by Darren Ranco and Julia Clark
Chapter 6 Establishing Tribal Partners in Education and Public Programs
Case Study: Portland Art Museum: Object Stories: Connecting Collections with Communities, by Deana Dartt and Michael Murawski
Chapter 7 Pulling it all Together- Native Advisory Councils and Governance
Case Study: Collaborating with Cultures: The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, by James H. Nottage
Chapter 8 Review and Final Thoughts
Appendix One: Timeline of federal-Indian policy
Appendix Two: Activity to Understand Stereotypes and Bias
About the Author
[A] cohesive and illuminating book. . . .useful for instructors and students of museum studies, public history, cultural heritage management, and similar fields. It can serve professionals who want to improve relations with indigenous communities. Perhaps most importantly, I foresee an important role for this book among professionals and researchers seeking funding: Bench provides robust evidence explaining why museum–Native American cooperation requires certain pacing and specific kinds of resources for projects to be successful. Interpreting Native American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites can help native and nonnative professionals and researchers interpret, for their funders and their publics, the value of the process as well as the end product.
— Journal of American History
The case studies presented in InterpretingNative American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites provide excellent insights into the process of museums working with American Indian communities regarding collections, exhibits, and programming efforts. I am particularly familiar with The Eiteljorg Museum, The Abbe Museum, and The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center and regard them as among the finest institutions when it comes to high achievements in working with Native cultures.
— Karen Coody Cooper, former museum training program coordinator at the National Museum of the American Indian and author of Spirited Encounters: American Indians Protest Museum Policies and Practices