Sharing Knowledge and Cultural Heritage: First Nations of the Americas

Studies in Collaboration with Indigenous Peoples from Greenland, North and South America

Laura van Broekhoven, Cunera Buijs & Pieter Hovens (eds)

Mededelingen van het Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde 39

Year: 2010

Imprint: Sidestone Press

ISBN: 978-90-8890-066-2

Number of pages: 250

Published in co-operation with the Dutch National Museum of Ethnology,Leiden


Sharing Knowledge & Cultural Heritage (SK&CH), First Nations of the Americas, testifies to the growing commitment of museum professionals in the twenty-first century to share collections with the descendants of people and communities from whom the collections originated. Thanks to collection histories and the Documenting of relations with particular indigenous communities it is well known that until as recently as the 1970s museum doors – except for a handful of cases – were shut to indigenous peoples.

This volume is the result of an ‘expert meeting’ held in November 2007, at the National Museum of Ethnology (NME) in Leiden, the Netherlands. Since then SK&CH projects have developed. The NME invited leading indigenous as well as non-native professional experts in the field, from the America’s and Europe to explore and discuss case studies based on fieldwork, collecting material culture and/or work with indigenous communities in Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, North America and Central and South America.

About the editors:

Laura Van Broekhoven (1972) is currently Curator Central and South-America at the Dutch National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden. She studied Amerindian archaeology and cultural history at Leiden University. Next to her function as curator (since 2001) she is researcher at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, and teaches several courses.

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Pieter Hovens (1951) is currently Curator North America at the Dutch National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden. He studied cultural anthropology at Radboud University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) and North American Indian Studies at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada).

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Cunera Buijs (1958) is currently Curator Arctic regions at the Dutch National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden. She studied Museology at the Reinwardt Academy and Cultural Anthropology at the Leiden University. Since 1990 she is a curator of the circumpolar cultures. She finished her PhD in 2004 and published a dissertation on clothing and identity of the Inuit of East Greenland.

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