Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Anthropology

First Advisor

Christina Kreps

Second Advisor

Kelly Fayard

Third Advisor

Frédérique Chevillot


Decolonization, NAGPRA, Repatriation


This thesis examines the museological phenomena of repatriation beyond NAGPRA and the incorporation of Indigenous curatorial methods into museum collections practices. The project explores repatriation and collections caretaking practices at ten settler institutions through narratives of experience collected from museum staff. The findings of this research suggest that repatriation beyond NAGPRA and the Indigenization of collections care are situated processes that should be understood contextually and historically. This thesis argues that, in some cases, repatriation beyond NAGPRA and the integration of Indigenous perspectives, practices, and protocols into museum collections stewardship demonstrates a willingness by institutions to go beyond the minimum requirements of repatriation law and to voluntarily relinquish some degree of settler ownership and control of Native ancestors and belongings. In this sense, they can be interpreted as decolonizing practices.

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Rights Holder

Lydia Degn-Sutton


Received from ProQuest

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Museum studies, Cultural anthropology