Introduction

The following Guidelines were developed over a three-year period of collaboration between Native and non-Native museum professionals, cultural leaders, and artists. The Guidelines are intended as a resource for museums and communities planning and carrying out collaborative work. These documents do not present a set of rules; instead, they offer principles and considerations for building successful collaborations.

There are two separate and complimentary sets of guidelines; one for communities and the other for museums. We encourage readers to refer to both. Although the focus for both documents is on collections- based collaborations, the Guidelines apply to all types of collaborative work in museums, including education, exhibits and public programs.

Although the Guidelines may be useful for many kinds of engagement with museums, they are not specifically intended as a resource for Native American Graves Protection Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) consultations.