We Are Coming Home is the story of the highly complex process of repatriation as described by those intimately involved in the work, notably the Piikuni, Siksika, and Kainai elders who provided essential oversight and guidance. We also hear from the Glenbow Museum’s president and CEO at the time and from an archaeologist then employed at the Provincial Museum of Alberta who provides an insider’s view of the drafting of FNSCORA. These accounts are framed by Conaty’s reflections on the impact of museums on First Nations, on the history and culture of the Niitsitapi, or Blackfoot, and on the path forward. With Conaty’s passing in August of 2013, this book is also a tribute to his enduring relationships with the Blackfoot, to his rich and exemplary career, and to his commitment to innovation and mindful museum practice.
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About the Author
Gerald T. Conaty was the director of Indigenous studies at the Glenbow Museum. He leaves as his legacy more than thirty articles and books, including Power Images: Portrayals of Native America, co-authored with Sarah E. Boehme. In 2003, he was inducted into the Kainai Chieftainship and given the name Sikapiistamix (Grey Bull).
Robert R. Janes was the president and CEO of Glenbow Museum from 1989 to 2000. He is a visiting research fellow at the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester (UK) and an adjunct professor of archaeology at the University of Calgary.
John W. (Jack) Ives is currently the Faculty of Arts Landrex Distinguished Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta, and the executive director of the Institute of Prairie Archaeology.
Read an Excerpt
"I brought a sacred headdress to an aaawaahskataiki (ceremonial grandparent) of the women's Maotoki society. Before leaving the museum, I had stuffed the headpiece with acid-free tissue, carefully folded the trailer around more tissue, and placed the entire piece in an acid-free archival box, padding out space with yet more tissue. When I brought the package into the elder's home, she gased with horror. The tissue was rapidly discarded and the headdress was rolled tightly, wrapped in a cloth, and secured with twine. It was, in fact, swaddled, much the way a newborn baby is enclosed for care and protection. Here, again, was an alternative way of understanding what these sacred objects are and how they should be cared for. Over time, I have also come to appreciate that the use fo these items is not detrimental to their well-being. In fact, their participation in ceremonies keeps them alive and vibrant."
Table of Contents
Prologue / Robert R. Janes
Beginnings / Gerald T. Conaty
1 The Development of Museums and Their Effects on First Nations / Gerald T. Conaty
2 Niitsitapiisinni: Our Way of Life / Gerald T. Conaty
3 Repatriation Among the Piikani / Allan Pard
4 Reviving Traditions / Jerry Potts
5 Repatriation Experiences of the Kainai / Frank Weasel Head
6 Bringing Back Iitskinaiksi at Siksika / Herman Yellow Old Woman
7 Reviving Our Ways at Siksika / Chris McHugh
8 Moving Toward Repatriation / John W. Ives
9 The Blackfoot Repatriation: A Personal Epilogue / Robert R. Janes
10 Moving Forward / Gerald T. Conaty
Appendix 1: Terms of Reference for the Glenbow Museum’s First Nations Advisory Council
Appendix 2: Memorandum of Understanding Between the Mookaakin Cultural and Heritage Society and the Glenbow-Alberta Institute
Contributors / Index