Refusing to disclose as resistance: K. Wrightson, ‘Shifting colonialisms, shifting resistance: locating indigenous political resistance through Canadian and Scottish collaboration’, Museological Review, 20, 2016, pp. 52-62
Abstract: Focusing on the particular context of Canadian settler colonialism, this paper examines the use of museums and material culture histories to support Indigenous peoples’ political movements towards decolonisation. This paper focuses on two forms of protest; one accessible to the public and the second less so. The first example is the 1988 exhibition The Spirit Sings at the Glenbow Museum in Canada, the second example is the collaborative Scottish Project that took place in the Northwest Territories, Canada and Edinbugh Scotland. While The Spirit Sings is an example of the public form of protest, using the work of Métis artist David Garneau, this paper argues that other forms of protest are private and challenge Western epistemological privilege through processes of refusal to disclose. Through these two examples the paper shows that the forms that colonial domination takes over Indigenous peoples has shifted, but so has the forms of protest that can occur within museum spaces.
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