Vol 7, No 1-2 (2013)

After the Return: Digital Repatriation and the Circulation of Indigenous Knowledge

This double issue of Museum Anthropology Review collects papers originally presented at a January 2012 workshop titled “After the Return: Digital Repatriation and the Circulation of Indigenous Knowledge.” Hosted by the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution and funded by the (U.S.) National Science Foundation and the Understanding the American Experience and World Cultures Consortia of the Smithsonian Institution, the workshop was organized by Kimberly Christen (Washington State University), Joshua Bell (Smithsonian Institution), and Mark Turin (Yale University). The workshop brought together scholars from diverse anthropological fields, indigenous communities, and collecting institutions to document best practices and case studies of digital repatriation in order to theorize the broad impacts of such processes in relation to: linguistic revitalization of endangered languages, cultural revitalization of traditional practices, and the creation of new knowledge stemming from the return of digitized material culture. Like the workshop itself, the peer-reviewed and revised papers collected here ask how, and if, marginalized communities can reinvigorate their local knowledge practices, languages, and cultural products through the reuse of digitally repatriated materials and distributed technologies. The authors of the collected papers all have expertise in applied digital repatriation projects and share theoretical concerns that locate knowledge creation within both culturally specific dynamics and technological applications.

Table of Contents

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Introduction: After the Return PDF HTML
Joshua A. Bell, Kimberly Christen, Mark Turin 1-21
The Reciprocal Research Network: The Development Process PDF
Susan Rowley 22-43
The Inuvialuit Living History Project: Digital Return as the Forging of Relationships Between Institutions, People, and Data PDF
Kate Hennessy, Natasha Lyons, Stephen Loring, Charles Arnold, Mervin Joe, Albert Elias, James Pokiak 44-73
Zuni Cultural Heritage Materials in the American Folklife Center: The Potential of Return PDF
Guha Shankar, Cordelia Hooee 74-84
Articulating Culturally Sensitive Knowledge Online: A Cherokee Case Study PDF
Robert Leopold 85-104
‘Chuck a Copyright on it’: Dilemmas of Digital Return and the Possibilities for Traditional Knowledge Licenses and Labels PDF
Jane Anderson, Kimberly Christen 105-126
Sound Returns: Toward Ethical "Best Practices" at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings PDF
Sita Reddy, D.A. Sonneborn 127-139
The Documentation Lives a Life of Its Own: The Temporal Transformation of Two Endangered Language Archive Projects PDF
Lise M. Dobrin, Gary Holton 140-154
Arts, Activism, Ethnography: Catapult Arts Caravan, 2004-2010 PDF
Surajit Sarkar 155-165
Going Home: The Digital Return of Films at the National Museum of the American Indian PDF
Jennifer R O'Neal 166-184
A Partnership Between Ehattesaht Chinehkint, First Peoples’ Culture Council, and First Peoples’ Culture Council’s FirstVoices™ Team to Build a Digital Bridge Between the Past and Future of the Ehattesaht Chinehkint Language and Culture PDF
Earl J. Smith, Victoria C. Wells, Peter Brand 185-200
Tlingit-Smithsonian Collaborations with 3D Digitization of Cultural Objects PDF
R. Eric Hollinger, Edwell John, Jr., Harold Jacobs, Lora Moran-Collins, Carolyn Thome, Jonathan Zastrow, Adam Metallo, Günter Waibel, Vince Rossi 201-253


Defining the Digital PDF
Haidy Geismar 254-263

Book Reviews

Plains Indian Art: The Pioneering Work of John C. Ewers (Ewers) PDF
Daniel C. Swan 264-266
Imagined Museums: Art and Modernity in Postcolonial Morocco (Pieprzak) PDF
Jessica Winegar 267-268
Moving Images: John Layard, Fieldwork and Photography on Malakula since 1914 (Geismar and Herle) PDF
Joanna Cohan Scherer 269-270

Books Briefly Noted

Books Briefly Noted PDF

Books and Media Received

Books and Media Recieved PDF