From loss of objects to recovery of meanings: online museums and indigenous cultural heritage

Jeremy Pilcher, Saskia Vermeylen

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The debate about the responsibility of museums to respect Indigenous peoples’ rights (Kelly and Gordon; Butts) has caught our attention on the basis of our previous research experience with regard to the protection of the tangible and intangible heritage of the San (former hunter gatherers) in Southern Africa (Martin and Vermeylen; Vermeylen, Contextualising; Vermeylen, Life Force; Vermeylen et al.; Vermeylen, Land Rights). This paper contributes to the critical debate about curatorial practices and the recovery of Indigenous peoples’ cultural practices and explores how museums can be transformed into cultural centres that “decolonise” their objects while simultaneously providing social agency to marginalised groups such as the San.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
JournalM/C Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • online museum
  • indigenous rights
  • cultural heritage
  • cultural appropriation
  • curation
  • cybermuseology

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