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International Observatory for Cultural Heritage

Resisting, Reclaiming, Reframing: Indigenous Communities and Art Museum Collections

Panel I: Curating against Colonialism
Heather Ahtone (American Indian Cultural Center Foundation)
Sherry Farrell Racette (University of Manitoba)
Scott Stevens (Syracuse University)
Brian Vallo (Indian Arts Research Center, School of Advanced Research)

Panel II: Creating and Collections (Artists panel)
Jason Lujan
Teri Greeves
Sonya Kelliher-Combs
Crystal Migwans

Organizer: Elizabeth Hutchinson (Columbia)

Museums across the continent are being called on to work with Indigenous communities to reframe installations, shift collecting practices, and recognize the vitality and diversity of contemporary Indigenous art. This symposium offers a public forum for Indigenous leaders to discuss strategies for actively reshaping museum practice.

This conference is the second International Observatory for Cultural Heritage Symposium on Indigenous American cultural heritage and comes a year after “Threatened Heritage: Bears Ears, Chaco, and Beyond.” Like its predecessor, “Reclaiming” brings together Indigenous leaders from around North America in an event focused on building connections and taking action.

Co-sponsors: Department of Art History and Archaeology, University Seminar in American Studies, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (all at Columbia).

Event Date 
Fri, Mar 8, 2019, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm