Contingent Collaborations: Patterns of Reciprocity in Museum- Community Partnerships

Daniel C. Swan, Michael Jordan

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This article examines a recent series of interactions between the Sam Noble Museum, University of Oklahoma, and the Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society, Anadarko Oklahoma. These examples provide opportunities to examine changing aspects of authority and power-sharing in museum-community collaborations and the increased importance of community heritage agendas in defining museum exhibition and research initiatives. Our work also demonstrates the increased importance of digital media in community efforts to perpetuate and protect traditional forms of tangible and intangible intellectual property. We conclude with a discussion of the critical need for the inclusion of “capacity building” components in future collaborations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Folklore Research
StatePublished - Jan 2015


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