West New Guinea On View, Exhibiting Material Culture in Colonial and Post-colonial Contexts

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West New Guinea On View, Exhibiting Material Culture in Colonial and Post-colonial Contexts

Type: Master thesis
Title: West New Guinea On View, Exhibiting Material Culture in Colonial and Post-colonial Contexts
Author: Milioni, Maria Anna
Issue Date: 2012-08-31
Keywords: colonial
post-colonial
museum representations
New Guinea
Museum Volkenkunde
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Abstract: In the museum world, Western perceptions regarding indigenous peoples have often changed in the past and are still changing continually today. This thesis consists of an effort to trace these past changes in representations of native peoples from the first museums to modern times, taking the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde in Leiden as a case study. This case study turns out to be an illustrative example of how these changes occurred in ethnographic museums as results of the changes in the political and academic climate at the time, as well as the changing awareness indigenous peoples had of their own culture. By being aware of these past changes, it is better possible to plan ahead for the future.
Supervisor: ter Keurs, Pieter
Faculty: Faculty of Archaeology
Department: Archaeology (Master)
Specialisation: Museum Studies
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/19426
 

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