Indigenous Wāhine Talking Critically in the Museum Space (2022)
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<jats:p>As greater numbers of community groups experience social disconnect, museums need to find better methods of engagement in order to remain relevant. We know that museums are no longer neutral spaces; in fact, they have a role to play in activism, which means they can shift their mission to support local communities celebrate and protect their Indigenous heritage (Drubay and Singhal 2020; Message 2018; Shelton 2013). What follows is a meditation by researchers in Aotearoa New Zealand who engage with Pacific-Indigenous concepts and museum practice in unique ways. Our big idea is to see “Oceania through Indigenous eyes” (Lagi-Maama 2019: 291) and, in particular, the eyes of Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu with <jats:italic>mo‘okū‘auhau</jats:italic> to Kalapana, Hawai‘i, and Moloka‘i Nui a Hina; Maree Mills with <jats:italic>whakapapa</jats:italic> to Tongariro, Taupō, and Ngāti Tūwharetoa; and Rachel Yates, who hails from Vaisala, Sāmoa. As a collective, their curatorial talano <jats:italic>kaōrero/mo‘olelo/</jats:italic>stories connect to current debates in the museum world where local problems need local solutions. In this instance, Wilson-Hokowhitu and Mills share the ideas that shaped their mahi at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato in Hamilton, and Yates has just finished a COVID-19 project as Curator of Pacific Cultures at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington.</jats:p>
CitationCobley, J., Wilson-Hokowhitu N,, Mills M., Yates R. (2022). Indigenous Wāhine Talking Critically in the Museum Space.
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ANZSRC Fields of Research43 - History, heritage and archaeology::4302 - Heritage, archive and museum studies::430206 - Heritage collections and interpretations
45 - Indigenous studies::4513 - Pacific Peoples culture, language and history::451306 - Pacific Peoples curatorial, archives and museum studies
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