“We Had More Because We Lived It”: The Dilemma of Intangible vs. Tangible Conservation for Native Peoples by S. Giffin
The conservation of tangible and intangible object values
is a dilemma faced by many conservators and curators. While Western
museums often focus on the tangible aspects of objects, indigenous
communities many times stress the unseen intangible qualities of their
heritage. Allowing for indigenous input in the preservation of their
own heritage will hopefully help museums preserve both the physical
objects and the cultural meanings behind them.