"We are Coming Home!": Repatriation and the Restoration of Blackfoot Cultural Confidence
By: Gerald T. Conaty (editor)Paperback
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In 1990, the Glenbow Museum took its first tentative steps toward repatriation by returning sacred objects to First Nations' peoples. These efforts drew harsh criticism from members of the provincial government. Was it not the museum's primary legal, ethical, and fiduciary responsibility to ensure the physical preservation of its collections? Undaunted by such criticism, more than fifty medicine bundles were returned to Blackfoot and Cree communities between the years of 1990 and 2000, at which time the First Nations Sacred Ceremonial Objects Repatriation Act (FNSCORA) -- still the only repatriation legislation in Canada -- was passed."We Are Coming Home!" is the story of the highly complex process of repatriation as described by those intimately involved in the work, notably the Piikuni, Siksika, and Kainai elders who provided essential oversight and guidance and Gerald Conaty, senior curator at the museum.
Gerald T. Conaty was the director of Indigenous studies at the Glenbow Museum. He leaves as his legacy more than thirty articles and books, including "Powerful Images: Portrayals of Native America," coauthored with Sarah E. Boehme. In 2003, he was inducted into the Kainai Chieftainship and given the name Sikapiistamix (Grey Bull).
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