Decolonization is the act of reflecting, expanding, and implementing change in whose perspectives and voices the museum chooses to portray beyond those of the dominant cultural group, particularly white colonizers. The Alliance has compiled this set of resources on decolonization from amongst its own offerings as well as those throughout the nonprofit and museum sector.
In this episode of the Museopunks podcast, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, President & CEO of the Abbe Museum, delves into the complexities of decolonization.
Decolonizing the Museum Mind
Read on the Center for the Future of Museums blog from Frank Howarth who discusses the tension between our mission to preserve the past, and a moral obligation to confront the bias and inequities entangled with that inheritance.
On the Alliance blog, Daryl Jorgenson & Mae Sevedge explore how the push for decolonization is making a concrete impact at two museums: Historic Fort Snelling and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia.
Read more articles about decolonization from the Alliance blog, the Center for the Future of Museums blog, and other publications.
This article from the American Historical Review discusses the relationship between politics, decolonization, and museums.
The National Museum of the American Indian shares its full repatriation policy and that lays out a six-step process to get an object repatriated to a Native community.
This guide is how the Smithsonian Nation Museum of the American Indian approaches the repatriation process.
The Teaching Decolonization Resource Collection from the National History Center was created to provide materials to support the study of decolonization in classrooms.
Recorded at TEDxDirigo in November 2016, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko shares the urgency of museum decolonizing practices and offers three ways to approach the decolonization of museums.