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Preserving What Is Valued

Museums, Conservation, and First Nations

Museum practice regarding handling and preservation of objects has been largely taken as a given, and it can be difficult to see how these activities are politicized. Author Miriam Clavir argues that museum practices are historically grounded and represent values that are not necessarily held by the originators of the objects. She first focuses on conservation and explains the principles and methods conservators practise. She then discusses First Nations people’s perspectives on preservation, quoting extensively from interviews done throughout British Columbia, and comparing the British Columbia situation with that in New Zealand.

320 pages

Table of Contents

Illustrations, Figures, and Tables

Note about the Cover




Part 1: Preservation and Museums

1 The Historical Development of Conservation and Its Values

2 Conservation Values and Ethics

Part 2: Preservation and First Nations

3 First Nations Perspectives on Preservation and Museums

4 First Nations of British Columbia

5 First Nations, Preservation, and Conservation: Personal Perspectives

6 New Zealand: A Comparative Study

7 “For What We Do”


A List of Participants

B Conservation Codes of Ethics

C Glossary of Maori Terms

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