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Author Brown, Alison K. (Alison Kay), 1971- author.

Title First Nations, museums, narrations : stories of the 1929 Franklin Motor Expedition to the Canadian prairies / Alison K. Brown
Published Vancouver : UBC Press, 2014


Description 1 online resource
Contents Cover; Contents; Illustrations; Abbreviations ; A Note on Terminology; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 Community Contexts; 2 Collecting on the Prairies; 3 Collecting in Action; 4 Representing Collecting; 5 Reflecting on the Franklin Motor Expedition; 6 Curating the Rymill Collection; 7 Building Relationships; Notes ; References; Index
Summary "When the Franklin Motor Expedition set out across the Canadian Prairies to gather First Nations artifacts, it was with the assumption that they were collecting mementos of dying cultures. As brutal assimilation policies threatened to decimate First Nations cultures across Canada, an extensive program of ethnographic salvage was in place. Despite having only three members, the expedition amassed hundreds of items, which now comprise the largest single collection of materials from Prairie First Nations held in a British museum. In the past two decades, the relationship between Canadian museums and First Nations has undergone a realignment of power and this shift is now beginning to transform curatorial practices at British museums. In this book, Alison K. Brown looks at the Franklin Motor Expedition from multiple perspectives, consulting descendants of the collectors and members of the affected First Nations and reviewing expedition images and the artifacts themselves. In doing so, she explores not only the intellectual and political contexts within which the collection was made but also the complex relationships between museums, anthropologists, and First Nations."--Publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
SUBJECT Franklin Motor Expedition (1929)
Subject Ethnological expeditions -- Canada, Western -- History -- 20th century
Indians of North America -- Antiquities -- Collectors and collecting -- Canada, Western -- History -- 20th century
Anthropology -- Canada, Western -- History -- 20th century
Ethnological museums and collections -- Social aspects -- History -- 20th century
Ethnological museums and collections -- Political aspects -- History -- 20th century
Museums and Indians -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Museums -- Acquisitions -- History -- 20th century
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
Ethnological expeditions
Indians of North America -- Antiquities -- Collectors and collecting
Museums -- Acquisitions
Museums and Indians
Canada, Western -- Antiquities
Western Canada
Great Britain
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780774827270