Museum Archipelago

68. The Akomawt Educational Initiative Forges a Snowshoe Path to Indigenize Museums

August 5th, 2019  •  14 mins 42 secs  •  Download (21.9 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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Akomawt is a Passamaquoddy word for the snowshoe path. At the beginning of winter, the snowshoe path is hard to find. But the more people pass along and carve out this path through the snow during the season, the easier it becomes for everyone to walk it together.

In this episode, endawnis Spears (Diné/ Ojibwe/ Chickasaw/ Choctaw), director of programming and outreach for the Akomawt Educational Initiative, talks about the different between living culture and sterile museum artifacts, how Native narratives are violently presented through a white lens in museums, and the potential for museums to disrupt that for many visitors.