Consorting with Savages: Indigenous Informants and American Anthropologists
Margaret M. Bruchac, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut, and Katrin H. Lamon Resident Scholar
Colloquium, SAR Boardroom
Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 12:00–1:00 pm
Indigenous influences on the salvage anthropology and museum-making enterprise of the early 20th century become increasingly visible when we examine the unique partnerships forged by informants and collectors. A series of case studies serve to illustrate how Native gatekeepers assisted and resisted the exchange of knowledge. This research also tracks flawed foundational representations, rooted in museum collections, that continue to influence the fate of Native nations and cultural patrimony.