Cultural Empowerment within Museums and Anthropology
Author: Dolly McRae
ISBN 9781312401600 $15.00 CAD
ISBN 9781329412231 $1.50 CAD
This book, Cultural Empowerment within Museums and Anthropology, was designed to give some practical suggestions for an improved relationship between Museums and the Native people of North America.
Whom does the museum serve? It is useful to think about two kinds of people Human History and Anthropology museums serve, though in practice they do not serve them equally well. The first category are the constituents, the population from which the existing audience and benefactors are normally drawn. Museums face increasing pressures to attract, inform and entertain constituents; in fact, it is increasingly a financial necessity to expand constituent audience. A second category of people a museum serves, though not as well, are the originating populations, those from whose Cultures the collections originated. Their claim on museums is different from that of the constituents: while the latter are interested in the interpretation of other peoples, the former are more concerned about how they are being interpreted or represented to the constituents. Constituents are typically drawn from the central or established sections of society, the middle and upper classes, while originating peoples are more likely to be from the periphery, Native people, minorities, the peoples of the Third World, and other under-represented peoples…