She is interested in repatriation/decolonization. As I have had no real experience with it, and as we talked, I realized she and I were in the same boat.
It is neither a class nor a capstone project. It's part of a larger collections project of identifying what we have. (While the intern will assist with the project, she is not the lead on it. We have a curator position that will oversee it.)
I assigned her the project as we do have some potentially culturally sensitive pieces which will need to be addressed. Her task right now is to define repatriation and decolonization, identify what are their differences and what do they have in common. From my perspective her research will help establish a course of action.
As I have never been involved in repatriation, I thought she should talk to someone who has.
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Hi Lana, I am part of the NAGPRA Community of Practice and we are a group for all people engaged in or interested in NAGPRA. I've also been doing NAGPRA work for 11 years now. I'd be happy to talk to your intern and perhaps point them to other folks to talk to as well.
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