eJournal | Local museums providing space for tribal culture, literature and other artistic expressions: Inviting communities to create exhibitions in their own way – Gujarat & Madhya Pradesh


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Staging identity – Musealization of Adivasi culture

In various parts of India, different ethnic and cultural communities endeavour to express their histories and present way of life through the medium of museums. Sometimes, the state supports these projects, which also attract intellectual activists and artists. In her article, Lidia Guzy deals with the Museum of Mankind in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh which represents the tangible and intangible heritage of subaltern communities of India in the context of a State institution. This museum is unique since it offers an inclusive approach by integrating members of local minority communities, who live nearby, to design and curate the permanent and temporary exhibitions. Her second example, the Museum of Voice in Gujarat, was started by the activist Ganesh Devy. Here, too, the minority communities exhibit their own culture in their own way, seconded by other cultural activities such as schools and an Academy for languages which sponsors Advasi literature and other artistic expressions.

Source: Irish Journal of Anthropology, Vol. 19(2) 2016 Autumn/Winter
Accessed: 17-12-17

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