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Philipp Schorch and Conal McCarthy

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526118196

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526118196.001.0001

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The figure of the kaitiaki: learning from Māori curatorship past and present

The figure of the kaitiaki: learning from Māori curatorship past and present

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Conal McCarthy

Arapata Hakiwai

Philipp Schorch

Manchester University Press

This volume argues that curatorship may be ‘recalled’ and remade through collaborative relationships with communities leading to experiments in curatorial theory and practice. What can museums of ethnography in the Americas and Europe learn from the experience of nations where distinctive forms of Indigenous museology are emerging and reshaping the conventions of curatorial practice? In addressing this question, the current chapter draws on research by the authors, including interviews with Māori curators, museum professionals, academics, and community leaders throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, exploring connections with the wider Pacific and the world. In doing so, it focuses on the ‘figure of the kaitiaki’, the Māori ‘guardian’, as a particular local development of the ‘figure of the curator’. It concludes that museums across the world can learn from Pacific experriments and become active agents in shaping cultural revival and future potentialities on a global scale.

Keywords:   Museum, Māori, Aotearoa New Zealand, Curator, Curatorship, Kaitiaki

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