Intangible Heritage: A Pacific Case Study at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Māhina-Tuai, Kolokesa Uafā (2006) Intangible Heritage: A Pacific Case Study at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. The International Journal of Intangible Heritage, 1. pp. 14-24. ISSN 1975-3586

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The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa has a large collection of Pacific material, but, despite the museum’s commitment to represent the cultures of all New Zealand’s peoples and its recognition of the importance of intangible heritage, it has only been partially successful in demonstrating. Objects have been de- contextualised and some of their cultural significance has been lost, as has happened with many other Pacific collections in museums worldwide. The exhibition Culture Moves! Dance Costumes of the Pacific was set up to complement the conference Culture Moves! Dance in Oceania for hiva to hip hop held at Te Papa in November 2005. It provided an opportunity for the museum to show its commitment to the idea of intangible heritage. The paper deals with the problems involved in the collection, display and interpretation of dance costumes and describes some of the solutions. It recommends the approach of the Vanuatu Culture Centre’s Fieldworkers to the collection and recording of intangible material as a model which Te Papa tried to follow in the creation of this exhibition and as one that would be appropriate for other projects and other museums

Item Type: Article
Cultural Property: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Keywords: intangible heritage, museums, dance costumes, folk art
Subjects: E Museology > 03 Museum
B Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) > 04 Performing arts
B Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) > 05 Social practices, rituals and festive events
Depositing User: Mr Jose García Vicente
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2023 20:55
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2023 20:55

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