Guidelines for Collaboration

Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository
Guidelines for the Spiritual Care of Objects
Sven Haakanson, Jr. and Amy F. Steffian


Sven Haakanson on repatriating knowledge

The Arctic Studies Center’s “Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska” exhibition at the Anchorage Museum features more than 600 Alaska Native objects from NMNH and NMAI collections. Short videos on collaborative collections work. (2010-present)

Lighting a Pathway: Museum + Community Guidelines for Collaboration
Jim Enote moderates a panel of conservators  (2017) discussing collaborative museum conservation work. School for Advanced Research series.

Consultations: Providing Interpretation and Guidance for Collections (2013)
Jim Enote moderates a panel of tribal museum leaders. School for Advanced Research series.

Creating Collaborative Catalogs (2011)
Jim Enote, Director, A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center IARC Speaker Series

Material Traditions: Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum
Sewing gut:
Sewing salmon:
Dine quill art:


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LOOK UP: Wiley-Blackwell intends to publish, even by Dec. 2013,  a work at present entitled “The International Handbooks of Museum Studies”  (under the editorship of Professor Sharon MacDonald and Dr. Helen Rees  Leahy). The 5th volume of this series is a volume entitled “Museum Transformations”, edited by Ruth  Phillips and Annie Coombes.  Case studies covering museums internationally and how they have changed their focus in the last fifty years to people and working with people. (The final titles of the volumes/series may be changed slightly for publication.)

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