Deana Dartt

Anne Ray Resident Scholar


Negotiating the Master Narrative: Museums and the Indian/Californio Community of California's Central Coast

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Dr. Dartt’s goal for the fellowship period is to revise her dissertation manuscript for publication with the University of Nebraska Press. The manuscript examines museum representations in California and addresses incongruities between the stories museums tell and those that are held within Native communities themselves. The most problematic of these misrepresentations, is the racialization that occurs through exhibition practices and educational tours that underscore oversimplified definitions of Native and settlement communities. The book will contribute to the body of literature aimed at decolonizing practices in academia and public history, as well as situate itself in the dialogue around incursions into mainstream museums practice. From a practical museum field standpoint, the book also proposes several ways to engage Native people in public history work as well as offer some direction for more relevant, sophisticated and culturally appropriate models.

Affiliation at time of award:
Lecturer, Department of Museum Studies, University of Oregon

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