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ERIC Number: ED529868
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 322
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 202
(Re)constructing and (Re)presenting Heritage: Education and Representation in an American Indian Homeland Preservation Project
Graybeal, Lesley Marie
Online Submission, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Georgia
Experiences of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation (Occaneechi) in constructing a heritage revitalization initiative known as the Homeland Preservation Project and organizing related educational programming were analyzed through an ethnographic case study. The purpose of the study was to understand the importance of the heritage museum as a site for organizing educational initiatives. Scholarship in museum studies treats heritage museums as sites for the construction of identity through the portrayal of culture and history, but focuses largely on display rhetoric and visitor interpretations. I used ethnographic methods to develop a case as an example of a local tribal museum and its significance, as explained by those involved in organizing and executing related educational initiatives. Having achieved state recognition only in the past decade, the Occaneechi are in the midst of a concerted effort to educate tribal members and descendents, other area tribes, and non-Indigenous community members about their distinct heritage and present-day existence. The Homeland Preservation Project plays a significant role for tribal members in addressing issues of identity, creating a dynamic understanding of culture in transition, recovering Indigenous Knowledge, confronting stereotypes about American Indian people, organizing new types of participation in multiple levels of community, and navigating various stakeholder interests through dissemination of multiple types of knowledge and power. The following are appended: (1) Interview Protocols; (2) Observation Protocol; (3) Sample Triangulation Matrix; (4) Interview Transcript Sample with Coding; (5) Complete Code List; (6) Sample Diagram of Initial Codes, Focused Codes and Categories, and Theme; (7) Sample Thematic Memo; (8) Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation Chronology; (9) Tribal Synonymy; and (10) Map of North Carolina Tribes. (Contains 2 tables and 25 figures.)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina