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ERIC Number: EJ835816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0161-6463
More than One Mask: The Context of NAGPRA for Museums and Tribes
Luby, Edward M.; Nelson, Melissa K.
American Indian Culture and Research Journal, v32 n4 p85-105 2008
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) has fundamentally changed the relationship between museums and tribal peoples. Since 1990, thousands of human remains and funerary objects and hundreds of sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony have been repatriated to tribes. Human remains and funerary objects have been reburied, and sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony have been returned to tribal centers and/or reincorporated into traditional ceremonies. Much has been written about the history of the development and implementation of NAGPRA as well as the direct impact of the law on tribes and museums. However, despite the rapidly growing literature on NAGPRA, less has been written about the fact that NAGPRA raises important issues for tribes and museums that are not addressed by the law. Based on this consideration, the Museum Studies (MS) Program and the Department of American Indian Studies (AIS) at San Francisco State University (SFSU) conducted the training workshop "NAGPRA in Context: A Training Workshop for Tribes and Museums." In this article, the authors outline the rationale for holding the "NAGPRA in Context" workshop, review the steps involved in mounting it, and describe the workshop's format and the major issues discussed. They next examine reaction to the workshop and then offer some conclusions and recommendations for future work. (Contains 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California