Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The impact of Native American activism and the media on museum exhibitions of indigenous peoples: Two case studies
by Fiorillo, Patricia, M.A., Florida Atlantic University, 2015, 71; 10154926
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis is a critical study of two exhibits, First Encounters Spanish Exploration in the Caribbean and A Tribute to Survival. The objective of the thesis was to understand if and how indigenous activists, using the media as tool, were able to change curatorial approaches to exhibition development. Chapter 1 is broken into three sections. The first section introduces the exhibits and succinctly discusses the theory that is applied to this thesis. The second section discusses the objectives of the project and the third provides a brief outline of the document. Chapter 2 discusses the historical background of American museums in an attempt to highlight changes in curatorial attitudes towards the public, display, interpretation, and authority. Chapter 3 gives a more in-depth overview of the methodology and materials utilized in the thesis. Chapter 4 is a critical analysis of the literature for both First Encounters and A Tribute to Survival. Chapter five is a summary of the thesis and offers a conclusion of the effectiveness of using the media as a tool.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fradkin, Arlene
Commitee:
School: Florida Atlantic University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 55/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Museum studies, Native American studies
Keywords: Acivism, Indigenous, Media, Museums, Native American, News
Publication Number: 10154926
ISBN: 9781369100112
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