Date of Award
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences
Christina F. Kreps, Ph.D.
Richard Clemmer Smith
Collaboration, Indigenous, Museum, Navajo, Postcolonial, Representation
Following recent trends in scholarship that establish museums as complex sites where representations of Native American cultures are actively negotiated, this thesis explores the relationship between representational strategies and the employment of critical Indigenous methodologies by museum institutions in the display of Navajo weavings. A postcolonial theoretical framework is utilized to analyze six Navajo weaving exhibition installments over the past decade. Additionally, a critical reflection is offered about the development of the author's collaborative exhibition, Na'ashjé'ii Biką' Biyiin (Chant of the Male Spider): A Holistic Journey with Diné Weaver Roy Kady, that reveals both the rewards and challenges of collaborative exhibition making between two members of the Navajo community. This study problematizes the historical process of museum representation and suggests a more nuanced investigation of the collaborative dynamics that contribute towards the decolonizing efforts in Native scholarship and museum practice.
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Teresa Maria Montoya
Received from ProQuest
Montoya, Teresa Maria, "Woven Kin: Exploring Representation and Collaboration in Navajo Weaving Exhibitions" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 443.
Cultural anthropology, Native American studies, Museum studies