Anne Ray Intern Presentations
Katherine Barry and Lilyan Jones, Anne Ray Interns, SAR
Colloquium, SAR Boardroom
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free
Beyond NAGPRA: Culturally Sensitive Approaches at the Indian Arts Research Center
Anthropological museum practices of the past two centuries largely emphasized exhibition of the “exotic other,” often with little to no context from the source community. In addition, many objects acquired during this time, particularly prior to the Antiquities Act of 1906, were obtained under questionable ethical conditions. Recently, there has been movement toward a more inclusive approach to museum curation, interpretation, and preservation. The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) of 1990 began to change the way museums approach culturally sensitive objects. NAGPRA, however, does not cover all sensitive objects nor does it provide guidelines for nonsensitive items. So how do we appropriately care for these collections? This talk will discuss the Indian Arts Research Center’s approach to working with collections in a culturally sensitive manner, with particular emphasis on the collaborative nature of these initiatives, policies, and procedures.Lilyan Jones
The Curious Case of the Zuni Pseudo-Ceremonial Collection: Surviving Salvage Ethnography
Tucked away in the collections of the Indian Arts Research Center is an interesting assembly of strikingly unusual Zuni pottery, referred to as the Pseudo-Ceremonial Collection. Acquired in the 1920s and 1930s for their perceived great ceremonial value, this collection was not ceremonial at all but rather made by Zuni artists specifically for sale to outsiders. Why would Native artists participate in such a ruse? This talk explores “faking it,” survivance, adaptation, and the consequences of salvage ethnography on Native cultures.