Decolonising the museum: the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC

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Article Title

Decolonising the museum: the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC

Journal Title

Antiquity

Author(s)

Smith, Claire

Month of Publication

June

Year of Publication

2005

Volume Number

79

Issue Number

304

Article Pages

424-439

Web Address (URL)

https://doi.org/10.1017/S0003598X00114206

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CambridgeCore

Language

English

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Abstract: The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), the Smithsonian Institution’s new facility on the National Mall in Washington DC, challenges the very notion of what constitutes a museum. Probably the most theoretically informed museum in North America, this is no shrine to the past: it is a museum that claims both past and present to shape a decolonised future for Indigenous populations.

Additional tags: National Museum of the American Indian; Smithsonian; museums; decolonizaing methodology

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