Thursday Evenings, 6-8:45 pm. Mendocino Hall 4003
This course is a graduate level seminar geared to students with an interest in museum studies and an undergraduate background in anthropology. Readings, discussion, and written assignments will explore the historical, theoretical, and political dimensions of museum anthropology, with special emphasis on California. Opportunities for practical experience in collections management and interpretation will be coordinated through the Anthropology Museum. Students will be expected to participate in several field trips to local repositories and regional museums, including the Turtle Bay Museum (Redding) and the Hoopa Valley Tribal Museum in Northwestern California.
Ames, Kenneth L., Barbara Franco, and L. Thomas Frye (eds.)
1997 Ideas and Images: Developing Interpretive History Exhibits. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press.
Burcaw, G. Ellis
1997 Introduction to Museum Work (3rd ed.). Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press.
Krech, Shepard, III and Barbara A. Hail (eds.)
1999 Collecting Native America, 1870-1960. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.
Mihesuah, Devon A. (ed.)
2000 Repatriation Reader: Who Owns American Indian Remains? Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press.
Please check weekly for new or confirmed fieldtrips, tours, or guest speakers
Grading will be based upon written assignments. The three review papers will each be worth 20 points. The research paper will count for the final 40 points. Attendance, participation, and quality of oral abstracts will influence the final course grade, particularly in cases of borderline averages (A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70--79).
Note: All book chapters (see bullet lists) are reserved as individual articles, unless otherwise noted.
Bates, Craig and Martha Lee
1990 Tradition and Innovation: A Basket History of the Indians of the Yosemite-Mono Lake Area. Yosemite National Park: Yosemite Association.
Butler, Shelley Ruth
1999 “The Politics of Exhibiting Culture: Legacies and Possibilities.” Museum News. Vol. 23(3): 74-92.
Childs, Terry S.
1999 “Contemplating the Future: Deaccessioning Federal Archaeological Collections.” Museum Anthropology. Vol. 23(2): 38-45.
1997 Routes: Travel & Translation in the Late 20th Century. Berkeley: U of CA Press.
Desmond, Jane C.
1999 Staging Tourism. Chicago: U of Chicago Press.
1999 “Fostering Symbiosis: A Collaborative Exhibit at the CSUS Museum of Anthropology. Museum Anthropology. Vol. 22(3): 52-58.
Erikson, Patricia Pierce
1999 “The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Mashantucket, Connecticut.” Museum Anthropology. Vol. 23(1): 31-40.
Flynn, Gillian A. and Deborah Hull-Walski
2001 “Merging Traditional Indigenous Curation Methods with Modern Standards of Care.” Museum Anthropology. Vol. 25(1): 31-40.
2002 “Fact or Forgery: Dilemmas in Museum Collecting.” Museum Anthropology. Vol. 25(2): 3-20.
Jacknis, Ira and Margot Blum Schevill (editors)
1993 Museum Anthropology in California, 1889-1939. Museum Anthropology (Special Issue) Vol. 17(2).
1999 “Pomo Indian Basketweavers, their Baskets and the Art Market.” American Anthropologist. Vol. 101(3): 619-627.
1998 Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums & Heritage. Berkeley: U of CA Press.
Kratz, Corinne and Ivan Karp
1993 “Wonder and Worth: Disney Museums and World Showcase.” Museum Anthropology. Vol. 17(3): 32-42.
1975 Encounter with an Angry God: Recollections of My Life with John Peabody Harrington. Banning: Malki Museum Press.
2002 Museum Politics. Minneapolis: Univ. of Minnesota Press.
2000 “NAGPRA at 10: Examining a Decade of the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act.” Museum News (Sept/Oct).
2002 “Concourse and Periphery: Planning the National Museum of the American Indian.” Museum Anthropology. Vol. 25(2): 21-37.
1988 All the World's A Fair. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
2000 “Pomo Indian Basketweavers, their Baskets and the Art Market.” Museum Anthropology. Vol.24(1).
Sturtevant, William C.
1994 “Museum Europa: An Exhibition about the European Museum from the Renaissance to the Present Day, Danish National Museum.” Museum News. Vol. 18(2): 49-59.
1992 “The Seven Spirits of the West (Permanent Installation at the Autry Western Heritage Museum).” Museum Anthropology. Vol. 17(2).
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