The National Museum of the American Indian: Critical Conversations

Synopsis

The first American national museum designed and run by indigenous peoples, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC opened in 2004. It represents both the United States as a singular nation and the myriad indigenous nations within its borders. Constructed with materials closely connected to Native communities across the continent, the museum contains more than 800,000 objects and three permanent galleries and routinely holds workshops and seminar series.
This first comprehensive look at the National Museum of the American Indian encompasses a variety of perspectives, including those of Natives and non-Natives, museum employees, and outside scholars across disciplines such as cultural studies and criticism, art history, history, museum studies, anthropology, ethnic studies, and Native American studies. The contributors engage in critical dialogues about key aspects of the museum's origin, exhibits, significance, and the relationship between Native Americans and other related museums.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Amy Lonetree
  • Amanda J. Cobb
  • Ira Jacknis
  • Patricia Pierce Erikson
  • Judith Ostrowitz
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Lincoln, NE
Publication year:
  • 2008