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Same pueblo, different story? A critical look at interpretation in National Parks
by Mucha, Krystina N., M.A., Northern Arizona University, 2014, 135; 1556557
Abstract (Summary)

This research is a pilot study designed to understand the development of interpretive materials at archaeological National Park Service units in the American Southwest. The goal of this research is to determine how interpretation is developed, what the primary interpretive themes are at National Parks in the American Southwest, and how interpretive media depict gender. Through content analysis and ethnographic methods, I discovered answers to my primary research questions. Harpers Ferry Center may develop interpretive materials if a park can afford the extra cost, or the park may design interpretive materials in-house if the park has enough resources. The primary interpretive themes in the American Southwest are architecture, agriculture, archaeology, migration, and trade. The five artistic reconstructions of prehistoric life in National Park brochures, reflecting archaeological interpretations, reinforce stereotyped Western views of androcentrism and exhibits conformity to American gender ideology.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Downum, Christian
Commitee: Smiley, Francis, Vannette, Walter
School: Northern Arizona University
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology, Gender studies
Keywords: American Southwest, Gender, Interpretation, National Parks
Publication Number: 1556557
ISBN: 978-1-303-92032-5
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