In spring 2010, Blackfoot people were able to handle five Blackfoot shirts loaned to museums in Alberta from the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford. The Blackfoot Shirts Project focused on sensory engagement with artifacts and how the resulting provocation of memory and knowledge was a catalyst for the transmission of cultural knowledge. This entry documents the project and explores some of the tensions – both difficult and productive – that can emerge during such encounters. It addresses the challenges of negotiating multiple sets of authority in outreach projects with indigenous communities; and it questions the assumptions about knowledge regeneration that are implicit in these kinds of connective projects when they are experienced in and beyond museum spaces.
|Title of host publication||The International Handbooks of Museum Studies|
|Subtitle of host publication||Volume II: Transformations|
|Editors||Annie Coombes, Ruth Phillips|
|Publication status||Published - 5 Dec 2013|
|Name||International Handbooks of Museum Studies|
Brown, A. K., & Peers, L. (2013). The Blackfoot Shirts Project: ‘Our Ancestors Have Come to Visit’. In A. Coombes, & R. Phillips (Eds.), The International Handbooks of Museum Studies: Volume II: Transformations (International Handbooks of Museum Studies). Wiley-Blackwell . https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118829059.wbihms993