Of Boundaries and Borders: First Nations' History in Museums

Moira McLoughlin

Abstract


Abstract: This paper suggests that traditional history museums can be approached as maps that to orient their users to linear, culturally specific narratives of time and space. As an alternative, the paper proposes that we consider museum as borderlands: spaces of coexistence, negotiation, and transformation which do not assume given centres of power. Résumé: Les musées d'histoire traditionnels sont présentés comme des cartes routières qui orientent les visiteurs à travers des constructions qui sont non seulement linéaires mais aussi culturellement déterminées dans le temps et l'espace. Cet article propose une vision alternative des musées en tant que terrains neutres de rencontre, c'est-à- dire comme des lieux de coexistence, de négociation et de transformation qui ne supposent pas de centres de pouvoirs pré-établis.

Keywords


Cultural objects; History museums; Multiculturism; Native culture

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.1993v18n3a761

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