Date of Award

1-1-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Christina F. Kreps

Keywords

Dance Objects, Exhibit Analysis, Multi-sensory approach, Museums, Native voice, Reflexive analysis

Abstract

This thesis analyzes Indigenous and non-Western dance objects in museums, examining the role of theory from material culture studies, critical museology and museum education on approaches to their interpretation and display. To explore this topic, I conducted a comparative analysis of Indigenous and non-Western dance object displays at four museums - Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma - investigating the use of Native voice, reflexive analysis and multisensory elements in the exhibits' organization, narrative and representational strategies. The research findings indicate that while museums have made great strides in the application of critical museum theory, as evidenced by the broader incorporation of Native voice and reflexive analysis, more needs to be done to reflect the multisensory nature of dance objects in their interpretation and display.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Kathryn Louise Brundige Grossman

File size

134 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Museum studies, Cultural anthropology

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