During the twentieth century, American Indians across North America organized protests against traditional museum treatment of Native materials and the Native community. In response, museums began to change their methods. Spirited Encounters provides a foundation for understanding museums, examines how museums collect Native materials, and explores protest as a fully American process of addressing grievances. Now that museums and American Indians are working together in the processes of repatriation, this book can help each side understand the other more fully.
Karen Coody Cooper was recently the Museum Training Program Coordinator at the National Museum of the American Indian, and was formerly Training Programs Manager at the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies. She holds a Master of Liberal Studies degree, with a museum and anthropology emphasis, from the University of Oklahoma and is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
Chapter 1 Author's Preface Chapter 2 Introduction: American Indians, Museums and Protest Part 3 Part I: Protesting Exhibitions Chapter 4 Chapter One: Politics and Sponsorship Chapter 5 Chapter Two: Display of Sacred Objects Chapter 6 Chapter Three: Display of Human Remains Chapter 7 Chapter Four: Art Confined to a Reservation of its Own Part 8 Part II: The Long Road to Repatriation Chapter 9 Chapter Five: Demands for Return of Material Objects Chapter 10 Chapter Six: Demands for Return of Human Remains Part 11 Part III: Whose Heroes and Holidays Chapter 12 Chapter Seven: No Celebration for Columbus Chapter 13 Chapter Eight: Thanksgiving Mourned Chapter 14 Chapter Nine: The Custer Chronicles Part 15 Part IV: Claiming Our Own Places Chapter 16 Chapter Ten: Native Cultural Sites Chapter 17 Chapter Eleven: Transforming Museums Chapter 18 Conclusion: Achievements Gained by Protests