Please join us January 22, 2011, at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the H.G. Barnard Lecture presented by Dr. Paul Tapsell, University of Otago, New Zealand. At 2:30 p.m. in the Gilcrease Auditorium, Dr. Tapsell will present his lecture, “Indigenous Perspectives at Traditional Museums: The Ko Tawa Exhibition Project, the Auckland Museum, and the Art and Science of Reverse Colonization,” which addresses the problem of conventional museum exhibitions presenting native people’s treasures out of context, specifically the Auckland Museum’s display of the Mãori tribe’s cultural treasures (taonga). Additionally, Dr. Tapsell will show how the Ko Tawa exhibit can provide a model for museums in the United States, which are challenged to accurately and respectfully display Native American cultural artifacts. Dr. Tapsell will also provide perspectives on broader associations between museums, universities, and the various publics they serve, as well as how to make centuries-old narratives interesting to a younger, more urban generation.
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