Indigenizing the Museum: Language, Vernacular, and Lexicon with Bonnie Devine, Peter Jemison, Arni Brownstone, and Stephen Inglis - Wapatah Launches its Virtual Roundtable Series!
On June 17th, 2020, Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge hosted its first Virtual Roundtable as part of the Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art (VPIA) project and its latest Indigenizing the Museum event series.
Moderated by Gerald McMaster, this Roundtable brought together Bonnie Devine, Peter Jemison, Arni Brownstone, and Stephen Inglis with the aim of addressing questions around language, lexicon, ownership, repatriation, land, and research as ceremony. The roundtable discussion focused and expanded upon the shift in language used to talk about Indigenous artworks.
The Roundtable Series, Indigenizing the Museum, has been developed as a way to increase Indigenous community and institutional awareness of and involvement in the VPIA as a resource and a knowledge building tool.
The VPIA is a custom digital platform currently in development by Wapatah at OCAD University, designed to facilitate Indigenous access and contributions to Indigenous artworks in museum and gallery collections around the world. Using a wiki-style approach, the VPIA allows institutional artwork records to be transformed into living documents that integrate Indigenous knowledge, language, and protocols.
Wapatah Team: Dr. Gerald McMaster, Dr. Michael Rattray, Natalja Chestopalova, Brittany Bergin, Mariah Meawasige, Rezvan Boostani, Yiyi Shao, Maya Filipp, Panya Espinal Clark, Alessia Pignotti, Jananda Lima