Ethnomuseology is the field of scholarship concerning culturally appropriate museum curation and conservation of ethnographic materials using methods that reflect social, cultural, spiritual, or religious aspects of objects. These include traditional and ceremonial forms of care of culturally or spiritually significant objects in mainstream museums as well as methods being used in some community museums, cultural centers, and keeping places where cultural materials, knowledge, and values are actively being maintained and renewed using both traditional practices and conventional museological methods (Clavir 2002; Simpson 2003, 2006a, b, 2007; Kreps 2003; Peers & Brown 2003; Haakanson & Steffian 2004; Henry 2004).
Conventional museum practices are generally based upon Western scientific principles and the materiality of the object. An ethnomuseological approach is more holistic. It is informed by local knowledge systems and by the spiritual beliefs, cultural...
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