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Museums and Maori: Heritage Professionals, Indigenous Collections, Current Practice

Museums and Maori: Heritage Professionals, Indigenous Collections, Current Practice
  

For centuries, M ori treasures, or taonga, have been some of the most prized, popular and precious objects held in museums around the world. From Te Maori to Te Papa and beyond, initiatives in Aotearoa New Zealand over the last 30 years have continued to provide new models for mu... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781877385704
Published 1 April 2011 by Te Papa Press
Format Paperback
Author(s) By McCarthy, Conal

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ISBN-13 9781877385704
ISBN-10 1877385700
Stock Available
Status Available at publisher; usually ships 5-14 working days
Publisher Te Papa Press
Imprint Te Papa Press
Publication Date 1 April 2011
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By McCarthy, Conal
Category Conservation, Restoration & Care Of Artworks
Art Of Indigenous Peoples
Museums & Museology
Anthropology
Family, Home And Practical Interests
Interest Age Young Adults
Reading Age Young Adults
NBS Text Fine Arts / Art History
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly;College/higher education
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 172mm
Height: 244mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Dewey Code 993.004994420074
Catalogue Code 179826

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For centuries, M ori treasures, or taonga, have been some of the most prized, popular and precious objects held in museums around the world. From Te Maori to Te Papa and beyond, initiatives in Aotearoa New Zealand over the last 30 years have continued to provide new models for museums around the world. With this has changed the role of museum staff who face new challenges in collecting, caring for and exhibiting the taonga of the M ori people in partnership with iwi (tribes) as well as developments involving the repatriation of human remains, the opening of cultural centres, and debates over identity, cultural property and heritage management. How do museum professionals deal with the indigenous objects in their care from day to day? How do they engage on a practical level with tribal communities? How do museums structure themselves to meet the needs of visitors as well as these communities? For the first time ever, Museums and Maori answers these questions. Using practical examples and the voices of the indigenous professionals and community representatives who have transformed museum practice in New Zealand over the past three decades, this all-new book provides an up-to-the-minute snapshot of New Zealand museums today across the whole range of museum work: mission and governance, management and staffing, collection care and management, exhibition development, education and public programmes, research and training. Ground-breaking initiatives - and their legacies - are revealed through interviews, policy documents, images and observations of professionals at work in museums ranging from the national museum Te Papa to the tiniest regional galleries. Museums and Maori addresses a major gap in the literature and a yawning gulf in professional training, making it indispensible as a reader for students, a handbook for professionals and a critical study relevant to the academic fields of museum and heritage studies, anthropology, art history, cultural studies, history, indigenous studies, and development studies.

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Author's Bio

Dr Conal McCarthy is Director of the Museum and Heritage Studies programme at Victoria University. He has worked as a teacher, art educator, exhibition interpreter, curator and lecturer, and his research interests include New Zealand art and architecture, museum history and theory, visitor research, and heritage issues. His first book Forrester and Lemon of Oamaru, Architects, a study of colonial architecture in North Otago, was published in 2002 by the Historic Places Trust and his latest, Exhibiting M?ori: A history of colonial cultures of display was published by Berg and Te Papa Press in 2007. He is editing the museum practice volume in a forthcoming Blackwell series of international handbooks of museum studies, general editors Sharon Macdonald and Helen Rees Leahy. In 2009 McCarthy took up a Visiting Fellowship in the Research School for the Humanities at the Australian National University in Canberra. He has presented papers at several national and international conferences, and has also written articles on a range of topics for a number of journals including: Museum History Journal, Museum and Society, Museum Management and Curatorship, The Journal of Australian Art Education, New Zealand Sociology, The Journal of New Zealand Literature, Te Ara: The Journal of Museums Aotearoa, Art New Zealand, and Sites.

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