Naamiwan’s Drum

University of Toronto PressSKU: 9781442628267

Maureen Matthews
Grade Levels:
College, University
Book Type:
University of Toronto Press

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Naamiwan’s Drum: The Story of a Contested Repatriation of Anishinaabe Artefacts 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. Author, Maureen Matthews, Curator of Ethnology at the Manitoba Museum as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Manitoba, takes readers this 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 colour illustrations, Naamiwan’s Drum is a compelling account of repatriation as well as a cautionary tale for museum professionals. The book contains a timeline, language notes, Ojibwe glossary, and references.


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