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Cheating the end : native artifacts contaminated with toxic preservatives

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Cheating the end : native artifacts contaminated with toxic preservatives

Simms, S. Jordan (2007) Cheating the end : native artifacts contaminated with toxic preservatives. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This research examines the practical and theoretical fallout of the toxic methods used by museum conservators to preserve native artifacts and regalia. These conservation practices, dating to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, were undertaken before the age of museum professionalisation and within a larger context of cultural assimilation. Many of these chemical preservatives produce the same harmful effects in humans as they do in the organisms they were designed to eradicate. As these contaminated artifacts are repatriated, members of native communities who attempt to reintegrate them into ceremonial and daily practice are put at significant health risk. Not only do these pollutants undermine the stated goals of repatriation but they also stand as a literal instance of the way in which a hegemonic and interpreting culture has metaphorically contaminated the culture it has purported to preserve and display.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Simms, S. Jordan
Pagination:v, 102 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art History
Date:2007
Thesis Supervisor(s):Acland, J
ID Code:976191
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:21
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:42
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