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American Indian Tribal Museums: Conserving Tradition with New Cultural Institutions

During the 1960s and 1970s a new type of institution began to appear in Indian communities throughout North America- the tribal museum. Several phenomena contributed to its creation, including the Civil Rights movement and the subsequent reemergence of racial pride among America's first peoples. As federal construction money and various sources of cultural programming funds were suddenly available to spur the growth of these tribal institutions, because of continuing pervasive poverty in Indian communities and the lack of resources for development on many reservations, the governments of the various tribes decided to establish tribal museums

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