August 7, 2006
Sept. 14-15 SYMPOSIUM: Preserving Our Pasts, Telling Our Stories – Indians, Museums, and the Management of History. REGISTER EARLY!
Preserving Our Pasts, Telling Our Stories
Rick West, founding director of the National Museum of the American Indian, featured at UO symposium
The rocky history of Indians and museums is the topic of a September symposium at the University of Oregon. “Preserving Our Pasts, Telling Our Stories: Indians, Museums, and the Management of History” will be held on Thursday and Friday, September 14-15 at the Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate Street, Eugene, and at the Many Nations Longhouse next door.
W. Richard “Rick” West, an Oklahoma attorney and the founding director of the National Museum of the American Indian, is the 2006-7 Morse Professor in residence at the law school. He will be a featured guest at the symposium, as will Seattle architect Johnpaul Jones and author and policy advocate Susan Shown Harjo.
Jones, a UO graduate, was the lead design consultant for the new museum building. Harjo has helped develop key Indian law including the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. She was the lead party in the long running trademark litigation against the Washington Redskins football team.
At 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, the first evening of the symposium, West and Harjo will participate in a conversation on “Mascots, Museums, and Indian Identity.” This free public event will take place in Room 175 of the Knight Law Center. It will be moderated by law professor and former dean Rennard Strickland.
An exhibit of contemporary American Indian weaving will open at the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History on Friday, the second day of the conference.
“Sharing Traditions, Preserving and Revitalizing Culture: Contemporary Native Weaving in Oregon,” celebrates a revitalization of ancient ways of life through weaving traditions.
The symposium, free public conversation, and the weaving exhibit are cosponsored by the museum and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.
You must pre-register to participate in the symposium. Tribal representatives and UO students, faculty and staff may register for free. Cost is $50 for the general public and payment must accompany registration.
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