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A Public History Meditation: Collaboration's Role in Public History with Two of Louisiana's American Indian Tribes
by Smith, Maegan A., M.A., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2016, 73; 10163324
Abstract (Summary)

The projects in this meditation focus on the importance of collaboration in public history. Using two different tools, both projects show a new way for understanding the histories of two diverse Louisiana American Indian communities. The project on the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana is not a complete public history project, but it shows the progression of research and preliminary work needed for the pubic history aspect through an interactive map. The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana exhibit highlights the importance of collaboration and consultation with the Tribe, which happened at nearly every step of the curation and development of the exhibit. Focusing on the inclusion of these communities, and those surrounding them, helped in the understanding of the audience for each of these projects, as well as the overall importance of consultation with the community or communities represented.

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Advisor: Troutman, John W.
Commitee: Farmer-Kaiser, Mary, Martin, Michael S., Skilton, Liz
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: History
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American history, Native American studies
Keywords: American Indian, Chitimacha, Collaboration, Coushatta, Native American, Public history
Publication Number: 10163324
ISBN: 978-1-369-18016-9
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