Undoing Colonial Practices in Museums and Historic Sites

  • Friday, September 22
  • 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Klondike Room

Presenter(s): 

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, President / CEO, Abbe Museum
Martina Dawley, Assistant Curator/Professor, American Indian Relations, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona
Jaclyn Roessel, Community and Cultural Arts

Moderator: 

Ben Garcia, Deputy Director, San Diego Museum of Man

Track: 

  • Collections, Indigenous, Leadership/Careerpath
'Museums can be very painful sites for Native peoples, as they are intimately tied to the colonization process' (Amy Lonetree, Decolonizing Museums, 2012). Undoing the legacy of colonialism in museums is necessary when addressing Indigenous needs and priorities. A decolonized approach with Indigenous collections can be applied to most museums given their origins as colonial institutions. Participants will learn how to undo the colonial mindset that exists within our institutional DNA with colleagues from museums in, Arizona, California, and Maine.