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Our Lives : Collaboration, Native Voice, and the Making of the National Museum of the American Indian

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In 2004 the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) opened to the general public.

This book, in the broadest sense, is about how that museum became what it is today.

For many Native individuals, the NMAI, a prominent and permanent symbol of Native presence in America, in the shadow of the Capitol and at the centre of federal power, is a triumph.

At the grand opening, the museum’s main message was “We are still here.” This message was most directly displayed in Our Lives: Contemporary Life and Identities, one of the NMAI’s inaugural exhibitions and the main focus of this book.

Ultimately, this is a record of the sincere efforts - and conflicts and triumphs - experienced by those who planned, developed, and constructed the NMAI’s inaugural exhibitions.

It is a narrowly focused snapshot of a particular kind of curatorial practise.

It is also an account of many different kinds of people struggling to do their best under the weight of a monumental task: to represent all Native peoples of the Americas in the first institution of its kind, a national museum dedicated to the first peoples of the hemisphere.

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Product Details
SAR Press
1938645278 / 9781938645273
Paperback / softback
United States
290 pages, Colour plates, figures, maps
152 x 229 mm