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Contested Collections: Grappling With History and Forging Pathways for Repatriation

A virtual symposium to examine the complicated histories of cultural heritage collections, the expropriation of artifacts through colonialism and looting, the ethics of ownership and restitution, and decolonization in libraries, archives, and museums.

Beyond NAGPRA: Centering Cultural Sovereignty and Indigenous Knowledge Systems

May 18, 2022, 2-3:30pm PDT



Fidelia Fielding diary / Photo credit: Cornell University


The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) is the law that covers repatriation in the United States. Considering its limitations, what is the responsibility of libraries, archives, and museums in relinquishing ownership of other Native items? How have other countries dealt with repatriation? The panelists will examine these issues, provide repatriation examples, and discuss how Indigenous communities, knowledge systems, and processes could and should be centered moving forward.



Moderator: Camille Callison (Tahltan Nation), University Librarian, University of the Fraser Valley; Co-Lead, National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance

Session Recording