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

Margaret M. BruchacMargaret M. Bruchac2011–2012 Katrin H. Lamon Resident ScholarMargaret M. Bruchac2011–2012 Katrin H. Lamon Resident Scholar

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.

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