Contemporary Perspectives

The French Royal Collections from North America have crossed boundaries of cultures, geography, and time. The participation of Native American specialists in the research is essential to integrating new discourses and contemporary perspectives on these collections, highlighting their polyphonic history.

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In 2016, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Historic Preservation Research Associate Jennifer Byram reached out to the Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac to inquire about possible Choctaw items in their museum collections. This outreach to institutions was part of creating the Chahta Imponna Database , a virtual collection of skilled works that showcases Choctaw production techniques not commonly in use and that are held in museum collections in the United States and internationally.

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