Naamiwan's Drum: The Story of a Contested Repatriation of Anishinaabe Artefacts

By Maureen Matthews

© 2016

Naamiwan’s Drum follows the story of a famous Ojibwe medicine man, his gifted grandson, and remarkable water drum. This drum, and forty other artefacts, were given away by a Canadian museum to an American Anishinaabe group that had no family or community connections to the collection. Many years passed before the drum was returned to the family and only of the artefacts were ever returned to the museum.

Maureen Matthews takes us through this astonishing set of events from multiple perspectives, exploring community and museum viewpoints, visiting the ceremonial group leader in Wisconsin, and finally looking back from the point of view of the drum. The book contains a powerful Anishinaabe interpretive perspective on repatriation and on anthropology itself. Containing fourteen beautiful colour illustrations, Naamiwan’s Drum is a compelling account of repatriation as well as a cautionary tale for museum professionals.

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  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 356 pages
  • Illustrations: 14
  • Dimensions: 7.0in x 0.9in x 10.0in
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Naamiwan’s Drum follows the story of a famous Ojibwe medicine man, his gifted grandson, and remarkable water drum. The book contains a powerful Anishinaabe interpretive perspective on repatriation and on anthropology itself.

Naamiwan's Drum: The Story of a Contested Repatriation of Anishinaabe Artefacts

By Maureen Matthews

© 2016

Naamiwan’s Drum follows the story of a famous Ojibwe medicine man, his gifted grandson, and remarkable water drum. This drum, and forty other artefacts, were given away by a Canadian museum to an American Anishinaabe group that had no family or community connections to the collection. Many years passed before the drum was returned to the family and only of the artefacts were ever returned to the museum.

Maureen Matthews takes us through this astonishing set of events from multiple perspectives, exploring community and museum viewpoints, visiting the ceremonial group leader in Wisconsin, and finally looking back from the point of view of the drum. The book contains a powerful Anishinaabe interpretive perspective on repatriation and on anthropology itself. Containing fourteen beautiful colour illustrations, Naamiwan’s Drum is a compelling account of repatriation as well as a cautionary tale for museum professionals.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 356 pages
  • Illustrations: 14
  • Dimensions: 7.0in x 0.9in x 10.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘This work will no doubt become a standard by which repatriation and perhaps even cultural and community studies are judged.’


    Patricia Harms
    The Canadian Journal of Native Studies vol 37:02:2017

    ‘What this book does excellently is to uncover in subtle ways how objects are actors in the drama of repatriation whether one takes First Nations perspective or not.’


    Max Carocci
    Transmotion Journal vol 4:01:2018

    "Naamiwan’s Drum is a highly rewarding read. Maureen Matthews tells a very compelling, well-grounded and beautifully written story. This is a subtle, rich and complex first-rate investigation of repatriation that raises concerns about the agency of objects, their makers and users."


    Janet Catherine Berlo, Department of Art and Art History, University of Rochester

    "Naamiwan’s Drum advances our understanding of a number of important topics including repatriation, Anishanaabeg language use, anthropology and material cultural studies."


    Susan Rowley, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia and Curator of Public Archaeology, Museum of Anthropology

    "Maureen Matthews’ work is a major contribution to the field. It is rare to find someone who can successfully bridge linguistics, anthropological literature, museums and storytelling."


    Gwyneira Isaac, Curator of North American Ethnology in the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
  • Author Information

    Maureen Matthews is Curator of Ethnology at the Manitoba Museum as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Manitoba.
  • Table of contents

    MAPS AND PHOTOGRAPHS

    COLOUR PLATES

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

    Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION

    Chapter 2 OMISHOOSH: Visit to the Museum

    Chapter 3 ANIMACY: Linguistic Considerations

    Chapter 4 DEWE’IGAN: Repatriation

    Chapter 5 PERSONHOOD: Wiikan and Artefact

    Chapter 6 THREE FIRES MIDEWIWIN LODGE: Ojibwe Advocacy and Revitalization

    Chapter 7 REPATRIATION: Cultural Rights and the Construction of Meaning

    Chapter 8 NELSON OWEN: Mitigwakik Homecoming

    Chapter 9 AGENCY AND ARTEFACTS: New Theoretical Approaches

    Chapter 10 REPATRIATING AGENCY: An Agency Analysis of Repatriation

    APPENDIX A: TIME LINE

    APPENDIX B: OJIBWE LANGUAGE NOTES

    APPENDIX C: OJIBWE GLOSSARY

    REFERENCES CITED

    END NOTES

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