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“TALKING STORY” TO SUSTAIN COMMUNITY HERITAGE: CONNECTING MUSEUMS AND RURAL HAWAIʻI ISLAND COMMUNITIES THROUGH COLLABORATION AND PARTICIPATION

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Title:“TALKING STORY” TO SUSTAIN COMMUNITY HERITAGE: CONNECTING MUSEUMS AND RURAL HAWAIʻI ISLAND COMMUNITIES THROUGH COLLABORATION AND PARTICIPATION
Authors:Garcia, Nicole
Contributors:Mills, Peter R. (advisor)
Heritage Management (department)
Keywords:Cultural anthropology
Museum studies
Cultural resources management
critical museology
digital heritage
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Date Issued:Dec 2021
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Hilo
Abstract:This thesis investigates participatory collaborative relationships between a heritage center on North Hawaiʻi Island and two community groups, the Hāmākua Jodo Mission (HJM) and the Camp Tarawa Foundation (CTF). Using multi-disciplinary lenses including feminism, critical museology, and the New Museology, I examine museum trends toward democratic approaches in exhibit development through physical and online platforms. These approaches reposition “experts” in museums to better represent the voices of those being featured. Qualitative methods involve semistructured interviews and employ the local conversational style of “talk story” to engage with participating communities (both local and those with local connections). Two modes of collaborative exhibits are presented, including the online platform, Historypin.org and physical exhibits. This thesis positions the voices of the participants as the authority by focusing on topics they chose and guided. I demonstrate that a small, regional heritage center can successfully collaborate with and build positive relationships with local communities around exhibit-building and heritage-sharing.
Pages/Duration:233 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10790/6862
Rights:All UHH dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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