Robin Gray, "Repatriating Indigenous Cultural Heritage: A Case of Ts’msyen Songs"

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 5:30pm
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Lectures in Art, Faith and Social Justice

Robin Gray, “Repatriating Indigenous Cultural Heritage: A Case of Ts’msyen Songs”

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The repatriation of Indigenous cultural heritage, ranging from bodies and objects to knowledge, is a socio-cultural, spiritual, and political priority for Indigenous communities worldwide. Although Indigenous peoples have had varying levels of success securing the release of their ancestors and belongings from captivity, the repatriation of intangible heritage such as song is relatively new domain. Drawing on research from an ongoing case study to repatriate a single collection of Ts’msyen songs from multiple archives with, by and for Ts’msyen from Lax Kw’alaams, British Columbia, this talk will offer considerations about the colonizing properties of intellectual property, the reach of Indigenous dispossession in the archive, and why Indigenous laws should be respected as precedent for ownership, access, and control of Indigenous cultural heritage.